TUT.by’s media status revoked
On December 3, the Economic Court of Minsk has decided to revoke the TUT.BY portal of the status of a mass media, as TUT.by reported.
The decision was made at the suit of the Ministry of Information of Belarus, which found that "inaccurate information" in the news items published by TUT.by damaged the interests of the state.
As the publication reminded, since August 7, 2020 TUT.BY received four warnings based on the news "Seven times more voters" and "secret" minutes. What violations did the observers see and what did the CEC say? ”,“ The State Control Committee will be able to pay large bonuses to employees who will show themselves in high-profile cases, ”“ Security officers came to the TUT.BY editor. Her daughter was charged with "riots" and "Belarusian customs asked to confirm that" Harry Potter "does not call for the overthrow of the government."
Deprivation of media status is possible after two or more written warnings within one year.
TUT.BY said that deprivation of media status restricted the right of citizens to access reliable information.
As IMI reported, on October 8, Economic Court of Minsk has temporarily suspended the proceedings on the claim of the Ministry of Information of Belarus to deprive the Internet portal TUT.BY of the status of mass media.
The court ruled at the request of the publication's lawyer Serhiy Zikratsky. He explained that the editorial board had applied to the Judicial Board for Economic Affairs of the Supreme Court to invalidate three of the four written warnings from the Ministry of Information received by the portal.
On September 29, the Ministry of Information of Belarus suspended media status of TUT.BY for three months from October 1.
On September 18, the Ministry of Information filed a lawsuit to suspend publication of TUT.BY edition.