September 16, 2002

16/09/2002 – BELARUS

Vienna, 16 September 2002

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) has expressed a concern about the sentencing of the Belarusian journalist, Viktor Ivashkevich, for allegedly insulting the country’s president.

Ivashkevich, the Editor-in-chief of the Belarusian independent newspaper, Rabochy, was sentenced today to two years of “restricted freedom”. He has been accused of insulting the Belarusian president during last year’s presidential election campaign.