New York, May 30, 2003
--CPJ is disturbed that the independent, Minsk-based newspaper Belaruskaya Delovaya Gazeta
was forced to cease publication for three months on order of Belarusian information minister Mikhail Podgayny.
Minister Podgayny issued the order on Wednesday, May 28, and the papers closed yesterday.
The Information Ministry had given three official warnings to Belaruskaya Delovaya Gazeta
and to its monthly investigative supplement, BDGDlya sluzhebnogo polzovaniya
, on May 20, 21, and 22 for allegedly defaming President Aleksandr Lukashenko and publishing information about court proceedings without obtaining proper authorization, according to local press reports.