Independent paper threatened with closure

first_img February 6, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent paper threatened with closure RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Organisation News to go further News Receive email alerts May 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News BelarusEurope – Central Asia BelarusEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders today strongly protested against a court’s cancellation of the commercial licence of Romuald Ulan, founder of the independent weekly Novaya Gazeta Smorgoni, in the town of Smorgon, thus threatening the paper’s survival.”Your government is systematically using bureaucratic and legalistic obstruction to censor and gag the independent press,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to justice minister Viktor Golovanov.”We protest strongly against this decision on 3 February by the Grodno commercial court, which condemns to death a paper that has become too much of a nuisance to local authorities on the eve of next month’s regional elections. We are not fooled by this legal farce and we ask you to use all your influence to see that this decision is reversed on appeal.”The court decision was in response to a complaint filed by the Smorgon town board accusing Ulan of not respecting labour and tax laws and fire regulations in 2000 and 2002. The paper has been harassed for several years by the town authorities, who have also obstructed the appearance of two other publications run by Ulan, Novaya Gazeta Astrautsa and Novaya Gazeta Ashmyan. The Grodno commercial court condemned such obstruction on two occasions, in 2001 and last year.The government controls the country’s publicly-owned media and the independent press is systematically harassed by regional and national authorities. Last year, three journalists were sent to a labour camp for insulting the president. They had denounced the corruption of President Alexander Lukashenko or said he was involved in the July 2000 disappearance of journalist Dmitri Zavadski. Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Belarus “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img

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