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  • Statement of BAJ Denouncing Hacker Attack on Belapan Websites

    The Belarusian Association of Journalists is concerned by the hacker attack on the websites of the independent news agency Belapan.com and Naviny.by.

    The attacks were launched after a crit­i­cal arti­cle about last week’s “Prayer for Belarus” cer­e­mo­ny was post­ed on naviny.by, the arti­cle telling about com­pul­so­ry par­tic­i­pa­tion of stu­dents in the reli­gious event with polit­i­cal col­or­ing.

    Expe­ri­ence lead us to assume that the attack has aimed to pun­ish the resources for doing their pro­fes­sion­al duties.

    It should be under­lined that this rough inter­fer­ence into work of inde­pen­dent mass media is tak­ing place in the midst of the elec­toral cam­paign when peo­ple more than ever seek for uncen­sored infor­ma­tion.

    We think it is anoth­er man­i­fes­ta­tion of the sys­temic pol­i­cy of con­trol over infor­ma­tion in our coun­try aimed to manip­u­late pub­lic opin­ion.

    We back the demand of the infor­ma­tion­al com­pa­ny Bela­PAN to ensure prop­er main­te­nance for web­sites in the ter­ri­to­ry of Belarus and pro­tect them from any attacks.

    BAJ calls to stop any attacks on mass media in order to ensure the con­sti­tu­tion­al cit­i­zen right to get uncen­sored infor­ma­tion from mul­ti­ple sources.

    Adopt­ed by the Board of BAJ

    Octo­ber 10, 2015

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