OSCE again criticized the lack of freedom for Belarus media

This week, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic gave its first report to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna.

In the report, among the two dozen of the OSCE, to the authorities which Ms. Mijatovic addressed with different questions about the freedom of the media, is mentioned and Belarus.

Dunja Mijatovic recalls his letter to the Minister Foreign Affairs Belarus Sergei Martynov, which in May, she expressed her concern about the intimidation of Belarusian journalists Svetlana Kalinkina, Maryna Koktysh, Natalia Radina and Irina Khalip because of their interrogations and confiscation of their computers so-called "Hunters' case."

Dunja Mijatovic also expressed its disappointment that afterdnie regulations for the implementation of the Decree of President Lukashenko, "On measures to improve the use of the national segment of the Internet" adopted without public consultation.

Experts her office, said Ms. Mijatovic, conducted legal review of these regulations relating to the use of the Internet in Belarus. The concern of the experts called, among other things, the following issues:

* The obligation to maintain information internet service providers, which allows the identification of Internet users;

* The vague definition of limitations and restrictions on the distribution of illegal content on the Internet and how to implement these prohibitions;

* It is not clear defined responsibilities provider of information on the Internet in the event of failure of the order the appropriate state agency to correct violations of the rules of Internet use;

* No charge for the public authorities to inform the public on the Internet about their activities;

* The requirement to accompany information or media materials in the Internet, a link to the source or the media, which published these materials before;

Dunja Mijatovic said that the Minister Martynov invited her to visit Belarus, and that she accepted the invitation with pleasure.



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