Na listopadowy festiwal filmowy „Listapad” nie dano akredytacji dziennikarzom prasy niezależnej. Pani, która reprezentuje organizatorów powiedziała, że festiwal jest państwowy i tylko prasa państwowa ma wejściówki. Prawda jakie proste? Można by to stosować szerzej. Np.: więzienia są państwowe, więc co u diabła robią tam niezależni politycy?

Dziennikarka „Interfaksu” zwichnęła sobie nogę. Nieszczęście było podwójne, bo ośmieliła się to zrobić przed szpitalem położniczym. Nic więc dziwnego, że nie udzielono jej pierwszej pomocy, bo specjalizacja nie ta. Godzinę spędziła na ulicy, wreszcie koledzy zawieźli ją do innego szpitala. Rzecznik prasowy sądu najwyższego powiedział, że od wielu lat nie było żadnej sprawy przeciwko lekarzom. Z ankiet zaś wynika, że co piąty Białorusin spotkał się z grubiaństwem ze strony lekarzy.

Warto w związku z tym przypomnieć publikowaną na naszych łamach przed kilkoma miesiącami ankietę przeprowadzoną przez uniwersytet w Brześciu. Ankietowano ludzi w związku z łukaszenkowskimi „strachami na Lachy” (że Polacy są groźni, że napadną itp. bajdurzenie). Okazało się, że w rejonie przygranicznym znacznie ponad dziewięćdziesiąt procent przepytanych nie boi się Polaków i ten sam procent boi się białoruskiej służby zdrowia. Ja też bym się bał, chociaż hartowały mnie polskie szpitale.

Tatiana Jukina, redaktor naczelny „Lenińskiego Kliczu” (w wolnym przekładzie „Leninowskiego Wrzasku”) jest osobą bardzo obraźliwą i pamiętliwą (z góry ją przepraszam), bo po trzech latach przypomniała sobie, że obrażono ją na łamach innej gazety, „Wolny Horad” i żąda teraz przeprosin na piśmie oraz dziesięciu milionów białoruskich rubli (5 tys. USD) odszkodowania. Doznała bowiem szkód moralnych: zarzucono jej brak profesjonalizmu, nadużywanie stanowiska i złe odnoszenie się do dziennikarzy. Gdyby ktoś jeszcze się nie domyślił: ta pani redaguje gazetę państwową, a obraziła się na tekst w gazecie niezależnej.

Jest w tym pewien morał i dla nas. A gdyby tak, za trzy lata, kiedy władza Donalda się trochę zużyje, zażądać przeprosin i odszkodowania za to, że dzisiaj poobrażał na wszystkie strony? Fajnie by było, ale chyba nic z tego, bo u nas jednak – inaczej niż na Białorusi – za obrazę nie można ścigać w nieskończoność.

Pan Ihar Lapcionak, wiceminister Informacji (i Propagandy) powiedział, że lokalne pisma państwowe dostaną 800 tysięcy dolarów, żeby mogły wychodzić „w kolorze”. Przymało jakoś. Przecież w 2007 roku pisma państwowe dostały z budżetu ponad 63 miliony dolarów, czyli półtora razy tyle co w 2005 roku i dwa razy tyle, co w 2004 r.

Delegatom ludowym (posłom?) niesporo idzie z Ustawą o informacji, informatyzacji i bezpieczeństwie informacyjnym. Chociaż ze strony administracji otrzymują nieustanną pomoc intelektualną, nie wiedzą, jak zdefiniować Internet. Jedna delegatka ludowa powiedziała nawet, że ten kto to zdefiniuje dostanie nagrodę Nobla. To ja poproszę, bo wiem. Ale najpierw nagroda na konto, a dopiero potem powiem.

BELARUSIAN ASSOCIATION OF JOURNALISTS

BELARUS MEDIA NEWS - November 16, 2007

A Number of Non-state Media Outlets Haven’t Been 

Accredited at “Listapad” Film Festival

November 16, 2007

Journalists from a number of non-state media outlets were refused in accreditation

at the 14th International Film Festival “Listapad”, held in Minsk these days. Full

list of mass media and journalists, who couldn’t receive an allowance to be present 

at the event, is being specified. A representative of the organizational committee 

refused to talk to the BAJ Press Service today, having advised her “not to overload 

her with such nonsense”.

It is known for sure that the BelaPAN agency got in the list of non-accredited media

outlets – the journalist Tatsiana Darashchonak had applied for an accreditation in vain.

It still remains to be unknown on what level the discriminative decision has been taken,

the Agency’s Editor-in-Chief reported to the BAJ Press Service. 

The “Listapad” organizational committee representative Valiantsina Sciapanava

said to BelaPAN, that “the festival has been arranged by the state and, accordingly, 

the decision was taken to accredit the state-owned media outlets at the festival only”,

as too many allegedly desired to get there. 

BelaPAN has already sent an official request to the organizational committee of the festival 

in order to receive an exact answer to the question, who had taken the decision to leave 

the news agency without accreditation. Reportedly, some representatives of “Listapad” 

organizational committee referred to the Ministry of Culture and the other motioned

to the Ministry of Information in their informal talks. 

According to the preliminary information, the film festival organizers failed to accredit

journalists from “Belhazeta” and “Narodnaya Vola”. At the same time, some representatives

of non-state media outlets still received the accreditation without problems.

The “Listapad” film festival will be started on November 17, 2007. It will last till 

November 24, 2007. 

The organizational committee of “Listapad” film festival includes such governmental VIPs

as Alaksandr Kasiniets, Deputy Prime-Minister, Alaksandr Matsviajchuk, Minister of Culture, 

Yury Azaronak, Deputy Head of National State TV and Radio Company, Liliya Ananich,

Deputy Minister of Information etc. 

The BAJ Press Service

Belarusian Association of Journalists

Mass Media in Belarus - November, 14

Interfax Journalist Denied First Aid 

14.11.2007

An Interfax journalist Elena Beresneva, who injured her leg late on November, 13 within the territory of the First Clinical Hospital, was denied medical aid by its doctors, says Interfax agency.

According to Interfax news agency, the journalist slid on a sidewalk curb and fell feeling a sharp pain in her leg. It appeared later that she had her ligament strained. The incident occurred next to the maternity hospital building. However, neither in the maternity hospital, nor in the main building was she given aid. The journalist was told in the admission room that they did not specialize on traumas in the hospital and that she should turn to another medical establishment.

In the end, the journalist spent about an hour in the street, after which Elena’s colleagues brought her to another Minsk hospital. 

On the next day “Interfax” asked vice-premier Alexander Kosinets to comment on the incident. The official stated that the doctors were obliged to give Ms. Beresneva at least some basic aid. 

A Supreme Court representative informed the agency that in the course of several years no doctor was convicted for denying aid. However, according to opinion polls, only every fifth Belarusian has never faced doctor’s lack of respect.

The BAJ Press-service based on Interfax news agency http://www.interfax.by/?id=33&id_sp=43872&lang=ru 

 

An Aged Suit

14.11.2007

Tacciana Iukina, editor-in-chief of a state-owned newspaper "Leninskij Klich" (“Lenin’s Call”) based in the town of Krychau aims to recoup 10 million rubles (about 5 thousand dollars) from Uladzimir Kudraucou, a founder of a non-registered printed media “Volny Horad” (“Free Town”), and Valer Bysau, a former employee of Ms. Iukina’s newspaper. It is worth noting that all the articles allegedly offending the editor-in-chief were published three years ago.

According to the suit, which Ms. Iukina filed to the court of Krychauski region a month ago, several issues of "Volny Horad" back from 2004 contained libelous information degrading her honour, dignity and business image. The piece of writing in question is an article by V.Bysau “Six Years in Editorial GULAG”, which was appearing in print throughout August and September of 2004.

Ms. Iukina provides several citations from the article where she believes the author accuses her of non-professionalism, abusing the powers of office and unscrupulousness in relation to the newspaper staff. Ms. Iukina claims that the publication incurred her moral damage and pledges that the court bind "Volny Horad" to negate the information "by way of written apology" and order a recoup of 10 million BYR in her favor from Mrs. Kudraucou and Bysau.

On November, 16 a preliminary court meeting of the parties is scheduled.

Andrei Bastunets, a lawyer and BAJ Deputy head, comments on the case: “Indeed, suits in defense of honour, dignity and business image are not liable to time limitations. However, the very fact of taking legal action 3 years after the actual publication causes doubts about the reality of severe moral torment and the fact that she aims at defending her private non-property rights”.

In September action by Ms. Iukina on the basis of “Volny Horad” publications already provoked summons to police http://www.baj.by/news/?id=975 for Siarhej Niarouny, the editor of the newspaper. 

Useful reference: 

"Ленинский клич" пакрыўдзіўся на "Вольны горад" http://www.baj.by/news/?id=975 

BAJ Monitoring service

BELARUSIAN ASSOCIATION OF JOURNALISTS

BELARUS MEDIA NEWS - November 11-12, 2007

 

"Left Hand Taking Our Money, Right Hand Giving it Out to Our Rivals, State-Owned Newspapers…"

12.11.2007

State-owned regional newspapers will receive an opportunity to get published in colour, stated Deputy Minister of Information Ihar Lapcionak to BelTA news agency. The equipment for the purpose cost about 800 thousand US dollars. 

According to Deputy Minister, in compliance with the Complex Programme of Supporting State-owned Periodicals in Belarus for 2005-2008, Belarusian publishing houses received up-to-date equipment enabling them to print all the regional newspapers in colour. This year 1 billion 700 million rubles (about 800 thousand dollars) was allocated to purchase the polygraph equipment. According to Mr. Lapcionak, Vitsiebsk regional publishing house and Gomiel Communal enterprise "Sozh" are currently finishing its installation. 

However, the decision whether to utilize the opportunity to "add colour" will be made locally, noted Mr. Lapcionak. On the one hand, colour will make a paper "more attractive for the subscribers and advertisers", on the other - increase its costs. 

The state budget for 2007 allocates a total of over 63 million dollars to finance state-run media. This is 1,5 times as much as in 2005 and twice as much as in 2004.

However, the activity of the public media has not once fallen under severe criticism. For example, during a visit to the editorship of "Sovetskaya Belorussia" on August, 2nd, the head of state announced that "it is merely shameful to take some of the regional newspapers for they contain only the bravura reports of local authorities".http://www.belta.by/by/print?id=169421 

The Minister of Information Uladzimir Rusakevich has also reproached state-owned media for "inefficient editorial management, inability to plan one´s work with consideration of the swiftly changing demands" .http://news.belta.by/by/news/culture/?id=133668

 

Nobel Prize Awaits Those Who Succeed in Regulating Internet, Says Deputy

12.11.2007

A working group drafting the Law “On Information, Informatization and Information Security” headed by a deputy of the Chamber of Representatives Tacciana Safonenka, has decided to avoid any Internet-regulating initiatives. The drafters of the law carefully omitted any mentioning of terms related to World Wide Web. That was ascertained by the officers of BAJ press-service, invited by Ms. Safonenka to attend at another meeting of the working group taking place on Friday.

After the meeting ended Ms. Safonenka answered the questions of BAJ Press-service.

BAJ: -It seems that the working group shuns any definitions having to do with Internet. Is this decision adopted in principle?

Ms. Safonenka: -We are drifting towards the conclusion that noone has ever succeeded in regulating Internet. That is why we believe that we have to approach the issue adequately – are we capable of doing this? Perhaps, Nobel prize awaits those who will be able to regulate Internet. But we are not up this. 

BAJ: -Was the initial draft meant to regulate Internet?

Ms. Safonenka: -When we received the draft from the Council of Ministers, almost every article contained some reference to the Internet. But it is impossible to embrace it.

BAJ: -Is it possible that the law be returned for revision?

Ms. Safonenka: -For the first reading, we will prepare the draft our way. The second reading will initiate a virtually new stage of work. Changes will be introduced, though they will not be decisive.

According to Tacciana Safonenka, the working group has no contacts with the Republican Committee http://www.belta.by/ru/news/society/?id=177514 preparing a special document on the legal regulation of the Internet.

Tacciana Safonenka confirmed that the law draft is to undergo the first reading during the autumn session of the Chamber of Representatives.