Ivatsevichi Court Punished a Journalist and Independent Newspaper Editorial Office 13:57, 30/04/2004
According to the court decision, the editorial office of the local newspaper “Gazeta dla Vas” in charged with a fine of 400 thousands Belarusian rubles, and correspondent of this newspaper Tamara Schapyotkina was fined 40 thousands rubles fin favour of the former deputy prosecutor of Byarozawski region Vasil Fedchanka.
The action was related to the article in the newspaper “Gazeta dla Vas” last autumn. It was stated in the article that Mr. Fedchanka for eight months had not been considering the complaint of the dweller of the village of Sudzilavichy, Svyatlana Marhevich. Mrs. Marhevich had complaint to the leadership of the state farm, who accused her of stealing milk and left without monthly pay.
Fedchanka challenged the information published in the newspaper and requested to compensate moral damage. He wanted the editorial office to pay 10 million rubles, and the journalist – 1 million. The property of the editorial office and the reporter were distrained by officers of the court, Radio Svaboda infromed.