Radio Svaboda Journalist Gets a Warning from Prosecutor’s Office

Aleh Gruzdzilovich

In the official letter Aleh Hruzdzilovich was accused of violating journalists’ professional ethics and public morals.

On May 8 the journalist Aleh Hruzdzilovich was summoned to the prosecutor’s office “to clarify circumstances regarding a violation of law”.

An employee of the prosecutor’s office Natallia Zhukavets questioned the journalist about how he prepared his book and report “Who bombed Minsk subway?” Before the second anniversary of the tragic explosion on April 11, Aleh Hruzdziovich made a security test in the subway and wrote at which stations the police inspected his valise. The journalist agreed to answer all questions, “even in a written form”.

“After the prosecutor received all answers to her questions, she took out a warning from the table, prepared and signed beforehand, about inadmissibility of violating the law, and handed it over to me,” told Hruzdzilovich. The official warning signed by deputy prosecutor of Minsk Uladzimir Ramanouski reminded about inadmissibility of violating article 34 of the Law on Mass Media – “distributing biased and deliberately distorted information”.

As for the book “Who bombed Minsk subway?” the prosecutor’s office emphasizes that the journalist makes doubts about objectiveness of the official investigation into the terrorist act, and also about impartiality of the Belarusian system of justice in general. Thus the prosecutor’s office reminds that a journalist can be held liable provided that the journalist disseminates false and distorted information that discredit the Republic of Belarus or the authorities.

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