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  • Lukashenka awards investigators involved in case against independent media

    The Belarusian president has awarded Medal for Distinguished Service in Defending Public Order to investigators Alyaksandr Syamyonik and his colleague Ihar Makushenka.


    The decree has been pub­lished on president.gov.by.

    Syamy­onik and Makushen­ka are offi­cers of the Belaru­sian Inves­ti­ga­tion Com­mit­tee, they work at the depart­ment of crimes against infor­ma­tion secu­ri­ty. The both awardees were engaged in the co called BelTA copy­right infringe­ment case. Syamy­onik is in charge of the cor­re­spond­ing inves­ti­ga­tion team; Makushen­ka par­tic­i­pat­ed in the inter­ro­ga­tion of sus­pects, TUT.BY reports.

    On August 7, an unprece­dent­ed wave of media work­ers’ arrests start­ed in Belarus.

    After Iry­na Akulovich, Head of state-con­trolled news agency BelTA, had report­ed ‘ille­gal access to their pre­mi­um con­tent’, the Belaru­sian Inves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee ini­ti­at­ed a crim­i­nal case under the arti­cle ‘unau­tho­rized access to com­put­er infor­ma­tion, made out of per­son­al inter­est, which caused sig­nif­i­cant harm’. Accord­ing to the author­i­ties’ ver­sion, some employ­ees of the above-men­tioned media out­lets have used anoth­er person’s pass­word and got infor­ma­tion owned by the Lukashen­ka mouth­piece over the past two years.

    Tut.by jour­nal­ists Hali­na Ulasik, Mary­na Zolata­va, Han­na Kalty­hi­na, Ulyana Babayed, Dzmit­ry Bobryk, Han­na Yer­ma­chonak, Bela­PAN edi­tors Tat­syana Kar­avyanko­va, Iry­na Leushy­na and Andrey Ser­a­da, Deutsche Welle cor­re­spon­dent Paulyuk Byk­ous­ki and the Belaru­sians and Mar­ket jour­nal­ist Alyak­sei Zhukau also detained. Lat­er Bobryk, Ser­a­da and Babayed were lat­er released. As part of the case, four jour­nal­ists of the prop­er­ty por­tal realt.by were inter­ro­gat­ed.

    A few days lat­er, all the jour­nal­ists were released from cus­tody, but they are still under gag order. All the sus­pects in the BelTA case are banned from leav­ing the coun­try.

    The Belaru­sian Asso­ci­a­tion of Jour­nal­ists called the sit­u­a­tion a ‘fla­grant vio­la­tion of free­dom of expres­sion and media free­dom’. Accord­ing to the BAJ, the actions of law enforce­ment agen­cies were ‘exces­sive’.
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