Investigation Committee continues conducting searches of journalists in Belarus – the search in Tut.by office is over, yet the officers of the Investigation Committee started searches in other subdivision of the company, as Tut.by reports.
“As at 8 am on Wednesday, the search of the editors’ office was over, but it is underway in other subdivisions of the company,” Tut.by informs.
Radio Liberty reported that the search takes place on the 8th floor, where the office of hoster.by, a huge Internet service provider, is located. It serves more than 60% of the Belarusian websites. Since 2012, hoster.by is a technical administrator of the national domain extensions .by and .BEL. It should be noted that hoster.by is an enterprise of Tut.by founder – Yury Ziser.
Additionally, today at 8:30 am Pavel Bykovsky, DW freelancer, wrote on Facebook that the Investigation Committee visited him. The police officers explained Bykovsky that they came to carry out a search under the address, but not him personally. They said they had a prosecutor’s warrant. Bykovsky is not a suspect, as Tut.by reports.
Moreover, at around 10 am a journalist Alexey Zhukov was detained. The officers of the Investigation Committee took him and his wife from their house. RFRM reported witnessed it.
Besides, four journalists from Realt.by and its Chief Editor were detained. They were taken to the Committee for questioning. Their equipment was seized.
As we reported, searches and detentions in Tut.by and BelTA took place on August 7.
The detainees are Maryna Zolotova, Chief Editor in online news agency Tut.by, Anna Kaltyhyna, news editor in Tut.by and Tatyana Korovenkova, the journalist in BelaPAN agency. Searches also started in BelaPAN agency.
It should be noted that Tut.by is a big independent Belarusian online-portal covering 42% of all Internet-users in Belarus.