Zinaida Bondarenko: If you shut down independent newspapers, who will hear us?

The Belarusian Association of Journalists urges readers to "Narodnaya Volya" and "Nasha Niva" refer to the Information Ministry with a request to withdraw the lawsuit to close newspapers. In support of independent media expressed also known Belarusian activists and international NGOs. At the same time the Minister of Information Oleg Proleskovsky said that independent newspapers will not be sorry.

"Do not push the last area of free speech in our country, Leave people the right to have an opinion and freely express them through your favorite newspaper — "Narodnaya Volya" and "Nasha Niva" — a line of open access to Alexander Lukashenko, whom the pages of the newspaper appealed People's Artist of Belarus Zinaida Bondarenko:

Zinaida Bondarenko

"I think that he will pretend not to notice of the appeal. Tiny hope is, well, then — if indeed shut down the newspaper — this is our last opportunity to address it. More no such chance. When shut down the newspaper, who will hear us ? The official media will publish our pain and the cry of the soul? Of course not.'s why I'm counting on it. "

As reported by the newspapers "Nasha Niva" and "Narodnaya Volya", the other day to call them readers with words of support and offers of help. Meanwhile Information Minister Oleg Proleskovsky confirmed the intention of the Ministry to close independent media in court, saying that they will not apologize for the fact that "dared to help some politicians dance on the bones after the attack." Here's how it commented on the statement deputy editor of the "People's Will" Koktysh:


"We were shocked today the statement of the information. Claims to the" People's Will "for coverage of the terrorist attack on the subway was not, there was no warning. We are fairly objective coverage of the events of April 11, but we put the issues. Issues that are now put thousands of Belarusians . "

To prevent the process of the Supreme Economic Court with respect to two independent newspapers, NGO "Belarusian Association of Journalists" and urged readers to all of those who submitted to the Ministry of Information of the request to withdraw the lawsuit. Here's how it explains BAJ lawyer Andrew Bastunets:


"If the case goes to court, it is likely the decision will be accepted not in favor of the independent media. Therefore, it is important to be mentally affect the representatives of the authority, which appealed to the court — I mean the Ministry of Justice — that they feel that it's not just about the two independent newspapers, and on readers — people who are deprived of favorite books. "

International Journalists' organization "Reporters without Borders" called on the Supreme Economic Court of Belarus to refuse to take the suit to the Ministry of Information, "Nasha Niva" and "Narodnaya Volya".

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