Eight of TUT.by employees remain detained
As of May 19, eight employees of the Belarusian portal TUT.BY have been detained, as TUT.by reported on the blog platform telegra.ph.
In particular, among detained there are editor Olga Loiko and journalist Olena Tolkachova (both are in the temporary detention center in Okrestina Street), editor-in-chief Maryna Zolotova, general director Lyudmila Chekina, chief accountant Angela Assad, deputy director Iryna Rybalko, chief engineer and engineer Alpachenko.
The status of the detainees is still unclear, according to available information, on May 18, no lawyers have been allowed to visit them.
It is still unknown the whereabouts of Yuri Zisser's widow Yulia Chernyavska.
Earlier, on May 18, as IMI reported, 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.
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.