"State" Forbids to Subscribe for Non-State Press 11:17, 22/05/2001
Smorgon district council banned the state institutions, companies and agencies to subscribe for the independent periodical "Novaya Gazeta Smorgoni". Thus, the local authorities tend to restrict the free information flow. That wasn`t their first attempt to silence alternative thinking though. A year ago the newspaper even published the document, signed by the district committee chair Nikolai Kovalev, who obliged all state structures to sign up for the local newspaper "Svetly Putz" and refrain from rendering financial assistance to private editions.