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  • Larysa Shchyrakova Fined under Four Charges

    On March 12, the Homel district court heard four administrative cases against Homel freelancer Larysa Shchyrakova.

    As a result, she was fined for 41 basic amounts: 40 amounts for vio­lat­ing admin­is­tra­tive arti­cle 22.9 (ille­gal pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­b­u­tion of mass media prod­ucts) and one for fail­ure to appear in police fol­low­ing an offi­cial sum­mons on March 25 and March 26.

    “I was judged for a live stream of the meet­ing held on Lib­er­ty Day by par­tic­i­pants of the March of Non-par­a­sites near the Palace of Deaf Peo­ple Soci­ety. The stream was broad­cast by Bel­sat chan­nel. Anoth­er arti­cle con­cerned was shown on Bel­sat and titled “Belaru­sian hos­pi­tals make exper­i­ments over patients”. The sto­ry told about a woman patient who did not get time­ly med­ical aid, and this led to a brain stroke. And also about health prob­lems of under­age kids after vac­ci­na­tion. They alleged that I abused the rights and duties of a for­eign jour­nal­ist, envis­aged by points 2, 4, 6 of art. 34 of the Law on mass Media. First I was called a for­eign jour­nal­ist. But then they recon­sid­ered what I had vio­lat­ed”, says the jour­nal­ist.

    She was sum­moned to police on March 25 and 26 – these are days of law­ful days-off, Sat­ur­day and Sun­day. Besides, on March 25 Larysa Shhchyrako­va was detained on March 25, tak­en to the city prosecutor’s office where she was giv­en an offi­cial warn­ing her against con­tri­bu­tion to Bel­sat with­out accred­i­ta­tion.

    Ear­li­er, on March 17, Larysa Shchyrako­va was fined under 22.9 for 7 b.a. in Raha­chou. This adds up to her pre­vi­ous numer­ous fines, the total sum of which goes more than 1000$.

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