“BDG”, whose issue was suspended for the period of three months by the Ministry of information, appeared today under the heading of “Solidarity” newspaper, which is the mouthpiece of the Belarusian independent trade union. Commenting to “Interfax” on the issue’s publication, the Minister of information of Belarus Mikhail Podgainy declared that “from the legal point of view there was published the newspaper “Solidarity” with the materials of “BDG”.” According to him, the law doesn’t forbid to publish materials of any journalists. “This isn’t violation of the current legislation,” – added the Minister. According to him, “the Ministry of information has no questions to pose to “BDG”, but has several questions to ask “Solidarity”.” “Interfax” doesn’t specify what kind of questions they are.
This news was delivered by the radio station “Echo of Moscow” with a reference to the newspaper’s editorial board. The newspaper sources confirm that “Izvestia” correspondent Elena Daneiko was notified of the possibility of deprivation of her accreditation at the meeting with a representative of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.
Last Friday the ambassadors of the EU member-states launched an unprecedented action in Minsk. As a sign of solidarity with the Belarusian Jews they paid visit to the place, related to the history of Minsk ghetto, as well as the buildings of former synagogues. The diplomats determined to hold this event after the unknown vandals desecrated the memorial complex at the former Minsk ghetto on May 26.
The “Belorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta”, whose issue was suspended for three months by the Information Ministry, is once again available to its readers. As has been promised, “BDG” appeared on pages of the “Solidarity” newspaper, but hasn’t been able to get to the subscribers yet.
Today there will appear the new issue of the “Belorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta”. “BDG” publishers are trying hard to keep their word, which they gave to the readers at the May 29 press-conference. Then they said that the “newspaper will get published legally”.
“USA urge the Belarusian authorities to immediately allow the issue of the “Belorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta” and its monthly attachment “BDG: For special use”, as well as cease the harassment of the Belarusian media”. Such a statement was voiced by deputy press-secretary of the US Department of State Philip Reeker, reads the press-release of the US embassy, accredited in Minsk.