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Belarusian KGB interrogates independent journalists

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  • Danuta Janina Wójcik
    A number of journalists working for Belsat, a Polish-funded TV station operating in Belarus, risk being sent to prison for up to 15 years as authorities in
    Message 1 of 3 , Dec 31, 2010
      A number of journalists working for Belsat, a Polish-funded TV station operating in Belarus, risk being sent to prison for up to 15 years as authorities in Minsk continue their crackdown on opposition activists following the presidential elections on 19 December.

      Belarusian KGB security services searched the apartment of Kataryna Tkachenko, a journalist working for Belsat, on Thursday evening, confisacting her laptop and mobile SIM card in the process.

      The move comes after KGB are reported to believe that Tkachenko was involved in the co-organisation of demonstrations following the presidential elections. Additionally, the offices of Belsat TV were broken into by unknown pertpetrators, believed to be KGB operatives, on 26 December.

      Before the raid, Tkachenko received a telephone call from the KGB demanding that she turn herself in for questioning by the authorities. Tkachenko stated that she would only go for questioning after receiving a written notice, adding that a lawyer would be present at the hearing.

      Nevertheless, KGB agents arrived at the journalist’s home a few hours later, Belsat TV reports.
      KGB officer Lieutenant Colonel Zhanievski informed media that the search was conducted after it was revealed that the Belsat offices are situated in an apartment owned by Alesh Mikhalevich, a presidential candidate who was arrested by authorities after the recent elections. Mikhalevich is on the KGB list of people suspected of organising mass protests “of social unrest”.

      Zhanievski also informed that there are reasons to believe that Belsat journalists took part in the organisation of the protests, which according to Belarusian law may result in prison sentences between 5 and 15 years.

      Another Belsat journalist, Mikhal Janchuk has also been called in for questioning by the Belarusian special services.

      New Year broadcast

      Meanwhile, Poland’s Foreign Minister, Radek Sikorski and former Deputy Prime Minister and economist, Leszek Balcerowicz are to go on-air and read a letter sent by incarcerated Belarusian opposition activists on Radio Svaboda, the Belarusian service of Radio Free Europe.

      The idea to read the letter came from journalists working for Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, which has its offices in Prague.

      “We will start to read the letter on New Year’s Eve, at precisely the same time when [Belarusian president] Lukashenko will be delivering his New Year’s address to the nation,” Jan Maksymiuk, a journalist working for Radio Svaboda told the Gazeta Wyborcza daily.

      Sikorski and Balcerowicz are to be joined by a number of other high-ranking politicians in reading out ten surnames of people who have been arrested by the Belarusian KGB following the unrest seen after the elections.

      Other politicians billed to take part in the event are former US president George Bush, former Czech President and opposition activist Vaclav Havel, the Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, as well as Russian human rights activists Irena Bonner and Sergei Kovalev. (jb)

      http://www.thenews.pl/international/artykul146568_belarusian-kgb-interrogates-independent-journalists.html




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    • Mary Beth Jaynes
      How do we get to hear this letter and new years eve broadcast? To: GaliciaPoland-Ukraine@yahoogroups.com From: sandlily@shaw.ca Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 07:09:09
      Message 2 of 3 , Dec 31, 2010
        How do we get to hear this letter and new years eve broadcast?

        To: GaliciaPoland-Ukraine@yahoogroups.com
        From: sandlily@...
        Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 07:09:09 -0600
        Subject: [GaliciaPoland-Ukraine] Belarusian KGB interrogates independent journalists
























        A number of journalists working for Belsat, a Polish-funded TV station operating in Belarus, risk being sent to prison for up to 15 years as authorities in Minsk continue their crackdown on opposition activists following the presidential elections on 19 December.



        Belarusian KGB security services searched the apartment of Kataryna Tkachenko, a journalist working for Belsat, on Thursday evening, confisacting her laptop and mobile SIM card in the process.



        The move comes after KGB are reported to believe that Tkachenko was involved in the co-organisation of demonstrations following the presidential elections. Additionally, the offices of Belsat TV were broken into by unknown pertpetrators, believed to be KGB operatives, on 26 December.



        Before the raid, Tkachenko received a telephone call from the KGB demanding that she turn herself in for questioning by the authorities. Tkachenko stated that she would only go for questioning after receiving a written notice, adding that a lawyer would be present at the hearing.



        Nevertheless, KGB agents arrived at the journalist�s home a few hours later, Belsat TV reports.

        KGB officer Lieutenant Colonel Zhanievski informed media that the search was conducted after it was revealed that the Belsat offices are situated in an apartment owned by Alesh Mikhalevich, a presidential candidate who was arrested by authorities after the recent elections. Mikhalevich is on the KGB list of people suspected of organising mass protests �of social unrest�.



        Zhanievski also informed that there are reasons to believe that Belsat journalists took part in the organisation of the protests, which according to Belarusian law may result in prison sentences between 5 and 15 years.



        Another Belsat journalist, Mikhal Janchuk has also been called in for questioning by the Belarusian special services.



        New Year broadcast



        Meanwhile, Poland�s Foreign Minister, Radek Sikorski and former Deputy Prime Minister and economist, Leszek Balcerowicz are to go on-air and read a letter sent by incarcerated Belarusian opposition activists on Radio Svaboda, the Belarusian service of Radio Free Europe.



        The idea to read the letter came from journalists working for Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, which has its offices in Prague.



        �We will start to read the letter on New Year�s Eve, at precisely the same time when [Belarusian president] Lukashenko will be delivering his New Year�s address to the nation,� Jan Maksymiuk, a journalist working for Radio Svaboda told the Gazeta Wyborcza daily.



        Sikorski and Balcerowicz are to be joined by a number of other high-ranking politicians in reading out ten surnames of people who have been arrested by the Belarusian KGB following the unrest seen after the elections.



        Other politicians billed to take part in the event are former US president George Bush, former Czech President and opposition activist Vaclav Havel, the Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, as well as Russian human rights activists Irena Bonner and Sergei Kovalev. (jb)



        http://www.thenews.pl/international/artykul146568_belarusian-kgb-interrogates-independent-journalists.html



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      • Danuta Janina Wójcik
        Witaj Mary Beth, Thank you for replying. I have not listened to all of the broadcasts, but the first broadcast started at 6:00 o clock, the first reading of
        Message 3 of 3 , Jan 1, 2011
          Witaj Mary Beth,

          Thank you for replying. I have not listened to all of the broadcasts, but
          the first broadcast started at 6:00 o'clock, the first reading of all the
          names starts at 4:51 minutes of the first playlist. The playlists are all
          60 minutes long, svoboda belarus radio may just be repeating the same
          broadcasts over and over again all day to show solidarity. This evening, I
          will have more time to listen to all of them.

          http://www.rferl.org/howtolisten/BR/ondemand.html

          Voices can bring hope to the repressed, as was done in Estonia in 1939.
          Please view this movie trailer.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVYqFPq88VU

          pozdrawiam goraco,
          Danuta


          ----- Original Message -----
          From: "Mary Beth Jaynes" <mbgembala1@...>
          To: <galiciapoland-ukraine@yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Friday, December 31, 2010 11:57 AM
          Subject: RE: [GaliciaPoland-Ukraine] Belarusian KGB interrogates independent
          journalists


          How do we get to hear this letter and new years eve broadcast?

          To: GaliciaPoland-Ukraine@yahoogroups.com
          From: sandlily@...
          Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2010 07:09:09 -0600
          Subject: [GaliciaPoland-Ukraine] Belarusian KGB interrogates independent
          journalists
























          A number of journalists working for Belsat, a Polish-funded TV station
          operating in Belarus, risk being sent to prison for up to 15 years as
          authorities in Minsk continue their crackdown on opposition activists
          following the presidential elections on 19 December.



          Belarusian KGB security services searched the apartment of Kataryna
          Tkachenko, a journalist working for Belsat, on Thursday evening,
          confisacting her laptop and mobile SIM card in the process.



          The move comes after KGB are reported to believe that Tkachenko was involved
          in the co-organisation of demonstrations following the presidential
          elections. Additionally, the offices of Belsat TV were broken into by
          unknown pertpetrators, believed to be KGB operatives, on 26 December.



          Before the raid, Tkachenko received a telephone call from the KGB demanding
          that she turn herself in for questioning by the authorities. Tkachenko
          stated that she would only go for questioning after receiving a written
          notice, adding that a lawyer would be present at the hearing.



          Nevertheless, KGB agents arrived at the journalist’s home a few hours later,
          Belsat TV reports.

          KGB officer Lieutenant Colonel Zhanievski informed media that the search was
          conducted after it was revealed that the Belsat offices are situated in an
          apartment owned by Alesh Mikhalevich, a presidential candidate who was
          arrested by authorities after the recent elections. Mikhalevich is on the
          KGB list of people suspected of organising mass protests “of social unrest”.



          Zhanievski also informed that there are reasons to believe that Belsat
          journalists took part in the organisation of the protests, which according
          to Belarusian law may result in prison sentences between 5 and 15 years.



          Another Belsat journalist, Mikhal Janchuk has also been called in for
          questioning by the Belarusian special services.



          New Year broadcast



          Meanwhile, Poland’s Foreign Minister, Radek Sikorski and former Deputy Prime
          Minister and economist, Leszek Balcerowicz are to go on-air and read a
          letter sent by incarcerated Belarusian opposition activists on Radio
          Svaboda, the Belarusian service of Radio Free Europe.



          The idea to read the letter came from journalists working for Radio
          Liberty/Radio Free Europe, which has its offices in Prague.



          “We will start to read the letter on New Year’s Eve, at precisely the same
          time when [Belarusian president] Lukashenko will be delivering his New
          Year’s address to the nation,” Jan Maksymiuk, a journalist working for Radio
          Svaboda told the Gazeta Wyborcza daily.



          Sikorski and Balcerowicz are to be joined by a number of other high-ranking
          politicians in reading out ten surnames of people who have been arrested by
          the Belarusian KGB following the unrest seen after the elections.



          Other politicians billed to take part in the event are former US president
          George Bush, former Czech President and opposition activist Vaclav Havel,
          the Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, as well as Russian human
          rights activists Irena Bonner and Sergei Kovalev. (jb)



          http://www.thenews.pl/international/artykul146568_belarusian-kgb-interrogates-independent-journalists.html



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