Belarusian Prosecutors threaten Polish journalist

The Prosecutor’s Office in Minsk has warned Andrzej Poczobut, Belarusian correspondent of one of Poland’s leading dailies, that if he continues writing articles about the regime, he will face prosecution.

The official reason why the Belarusian Prosecutor’s Office issued a warning to the Gazeta Wyborcza journalist, who has repeatedly criticised Alexander Lukashenko’s regime and described repressions against the Belarusian opposition and the Union of Poles in Belarus, is the lack of accreditation from the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

The move comes after the Ministry deprived Poczobut of accreditation in 2009 and since then has consistently refused to issue a new document.

“A series of articles about events in Belarus have been published on Gazeta Wyborcza’s web site under your name. We have established that you have no accreditation,” Viktar Marozau, prosecutor from Grodno district wrote in an official letter, which additionally threatened the correspondent with “legal consequences.”

Similar warnings were previously sent to Polish correspondents of Belsat television and Radio Racja, both of which broadcast in Belarus. According to Belarusian law, journalists who work without accreditation can be fined, although no such cases have been reported.


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