OSCE Minsk calls for an independent investigation into the death Bebenina

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic, today expressed its concern over the death of Oleg Bebenina and called on authorities to conduct a careful and independent investigation.

"The death is a great loss Bebenina for Belarus journalism. His battle site remains one of the few non-governmental sources of information, and site staff have long objects of administrative pressure "- said Mijatovic.

"I welcome the intention of the General Prosecutor's Office to investigate other possible versions of the journalist's death, despite the preliminary conclusion that the journalist committed suicide … I urge Belarusian authorities conduct an independent investigation of this tragic death. This is particularly important in order to avoid aggravating the negative impact on the Belarusian media, which may raise questions about his death, "- said the representative of the OSCE.

Dunja Mijatovic also expressed their condolences to the family at Bebenina, his colleagues and friends

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