International Mission: Pressure on Belarusian journalists enhanced

International Observation Mission of the Committee on International Control over the Human Rights Situation in Belarus has prepared a systematic collection of facts that illustrate the interference in the journalistic community in Belarus.

This certificate covers the period from 12 January to 15 March 2011and, BelaPAN.

The survey includes detentions, interrogations by the KGB, search and seizure techniques, as well as other kinds of restrictions on the freedom of journalists in the exercise of their professional duties, in particular attempts to influence the editorial policy (censorship). Presented separately to the situation with reporters who were charged under Article 293 (rioting) Criminal Code Belarus.

In a research mission to help draw attention to the fact that the pressure on journalists, creating obstacles to their activities are illegal and violate both international obligations and domestic legislation of Belarus. The range of forms of pressure on journalists and the media over the past two months has expanded significantly, which can not but cause concern for human rights organizations, the international community and should be the subject of investigation by the national prosecutor's office.

In its conclusions, the mission stressed that at the moment, "the power Republic of Belarus did not provide any credible explanation of his actions to continue the withdrawal of technology journalists and some media, thus indirectly supporting the notion that the purpose of such action is paralizatsyya of individual media. "

The Committee on International Control over the Human Rights Situation in Belarus — Assembly of non-governmental human rights organizations from member countries of the OSCE, which was formed in January this year in connection with the events of December 19, 2010 in Minsk and their consequences. The Committee is the official representative of the OSCE.

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