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Committee to Protect Journalists’ Statement on Novy Chas’ Case

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CPJ_logo_150 New York, December 17, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply worried about a defamation lawsuit by a Belarusian senior government official against the independent weekly Novy Chas in the capital, Minsk. A ruling against the paper would bankrupt Novy Chas and force it to shut down, according to local CPJ sources.

“We are concerned about the charges against Novy Chas, which could result in the closure of one of only a handful independent publications remaining in Belarus,” CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said. “We call on Nikolai Cherginets to immediately drop his lawsuit. As a public figure, he is subject to higher scrutiny and media criticism than private citizens.”

Read the full text of CPJ News Alert here.

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Written by novychas2

December 18, 2007 at 10:27 am

Posted in freedom of speech

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