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Friday, August 26, 2005

Belarus: Two opposition newspapers shut down

On Wednesday Borisov Courier, a weekly newspaper known for its criticism of the government, and its popular website were closed by Belarus authorities, reports newsroom (in German). According to AFP, a court ordered the liquidation of the Press-Servis company, publisher of Borisov Courier. The closure comes two days after the independent newspaper Den was shut down on Monday. Minsk city authorities had ordered the closure of its publisher, the Denpress publishing house.

Andrei Bastunets, Chairman of the Belarussian Association of Journalists, condemned the decisions. He said to AFP: "The authorities are using inadequacies in Belarussian legislation to put pressure on independent media through their publishers." Benita Ferrero-Waldner, external relations commissioner of the European Union, said to AFP that the EU was "extremely worried about the lack of freedom of expression in Belarus".

Sources: newsroom (in German), AFP

Posted by Anna-Maria Mende on August 26, 2005 at 11:56 AM | Permalink

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