Charges filed against TUT.by employees
In Belarus, charges were brought against TUT.BY chief accountant Angela Assad, TAM.BY project manager Daryna Danylova and the widow of the publication's founder Yulia Chernyavska, as TUT.by reported.
According to the newspaper, there is no exact information about what exactly charges were filed against the company's employees: lawyers cannot disclose this information, and TUT.BY did not receive a comment from the press service of the Investigative Committee.
"If after 10 days from the moment of detention our colleagues are not released, it will mean that they have also been charged and a measure of restraint for a period of two months has been chosen," the newspaper said.
As IMI reported, on May 21, Kyrylo Voloshin, co-founder of the Belarusian news portal TUT.BY, said that they were unable to resume the news portal's operation in form of a mirror site using other Internet addresses, as it is said on the Facebook page of the edition. "The loss of access to our servers seems to be a hostile takeover," he said.
As IMI reported, on May 18, the access to TUT.BY web site has been blocked by the Ministry of Information of Belarus, and the offices have been searched by the officials of the Financial Investigations Department of the State Control Committee.
As of May 19, eight employees of the Belarusian portal TUT.BY have been detained,
On January 19, 2021, TUT.BY was deprived of its media status.
On December 3, 2020, the Economic Court of Minsk ruled to deprive the TUT.BY portal of the status of a mass medium. For its part, the portal filed an appeal against the decision of the Economic Court of Minsk.
On September 29, 2020, the Ministry of Information of Belarus deprived TUT.BY of the status of a mass media for three months from October 1.
On September 18, 2020, the ministry seized the court asking to stop publishing TUT.BY.