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Tut.by Chief Editor detained in Belarus

Searches are being conducted in the offices of Tut.by and BelTA
14:23, 7 August 2018

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The Belarusian Investigation Committee reported on the detention of three journalists suspected in hacking a website of a state news agency BelTa, as the website of the service reports.

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.

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“Multiple evidence of illegal access to the computer data, which belongs to BelTA were determined. Over two years (2017-2018) more than 15,000 illegal logins to the data stored in the computer system of the enterprise were performed without the permission of the unitary national enterprise,” the message says.

According to Radio Liberty, the law enforcers came to conduct a search in Tut.by office at 7 am. They have taped up a few floors of Omega Tower business center. According to the witnesses, the law enforcers are seizing documents, several people were summoned for questioning to the Investigation Committee.

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Searches also started in BelaPAN agency, as the workers of nn.by report.

Radio Liberty informed that a search is being held in Korovensova’s house.

It should be noted that Tut.by is a big independent Belarusian online-portal covering 42% of all Internet-users in Belarus.

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Earlier, the Belarusian mass media made public the information that President Alexander Lukashenko has allegedly suffered a stroke.

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