Belarus journalists banned entry to EU to file suit with ECHR

MINSK, April 11 (Itar-Tass) - Two Belarusian journalists put by the European Union on the list of persons whose entry in EU countries is banned, are going to file a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Belarusian state television reported on Sunday.

The lawsuit was drawn up by editor-in-chief of the socio-political and popular scientific journal of the Belarusian presidential administration Vadim Gigin and correspondent of the National Television state-run TV company Alexei Mikhalchenko. The plaintiffs believe that the EU thus has punished them for expressing their opinions. According to these journalists, the EU thus violated their fundamental rights guaranteed by international conventions, in particular, by the European Charter of Freedom of the Press.

Gigin said, “When people are forbidden to express views that differ from the point of view of bureaucrats in Brussels, Warsaw and Berlin, it is totally inappropriate.” According to him, “if the legal proceedings begin, we are not afraid of them. The very fact of filing a lawsuit with the Strasbourg Court of Human Rights says that we have nothing to fe


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