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Belarus: Heavy fines for two independent newspapers

Harassment of the independent newspapers Narodnaya Volya and Nasha Niva continues despite last month’s withdrawal of a legal bid to have them closed. They have each been fined 14 million roubles (2,000 euros) for the warnings they had received from the information ministry in recent months. Narodnaya Volya has said it intends to appeal.

“Two weeks after giving the two newspapers encouraging signs, the authorities have put on a new show of force by imposing a fine that penalizes journalistic work,” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said. “We call on the courts to reverse this unjust and disproportionate decision.”

Date posted: August 8, 2011 Last modified: May 12, 2018 Total views: 43