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The Belarus journalists have legal proceedings with the European Union the Context

the Editor-in-chief of the edition of Presidential Administration of Belarus Belarus dumka Vadim Gigin and the leader of the second channel of Belarus television ONT Alexey Mihalchenko have addressed in the Strasbourg court under human rights with the claim to EU authorities. The complaint is submitted in connection with the decision of the European authorities from January, 31st to include misters of Gigina and Mihalchenko in the list of people to which entrance to the European Union countries is forbidden. At first claimants have addressed on this question in OSCE, however have received the answer that questions of movement of the Belarus journalists do not enter into the organisation competence .

Analysts are assured of Minsk that in this case it is a question of the co-ordinated attack of the Belarus authorities to EU. According to the first deputy of the editor-in-chief of not state Belarus edition Belgazeta Victor Martinovicha, in the Belarus conditions work in the state mass-media is incompatible with independent journalism. So, the event is not that other, as ideological counterattack of official Minsk against the European structures which accuse the Belarus authorities of restriction of journalistic freedom. now the Belarus party accuses of the same EU - the mister Martinovich has explained.

claimants with such conclusions categorically do not agree. Vadim Gigin has told that to have legal proceedings it with anybody did not co-ordinate the decision with the European structures, and a main objective of its judicial suit is not the Schengen visa, and protection of business reputation. in essence, me punish for a statement of own independent position. The European officials do not have any business before I concern internal political processes in Belarus. It not the basis to accept against me the sanction - mister Gigin is assured. With such estimation Alexey Mihalchenko who has informed " agrees also; that after introduction of sanctions he has had time to visit transit Austria. they so lightly concern these visa sanctions that I there did not have any problems - mister Mihalchenko has told.

we Will remind that after presidential elections of Belarus on December, 19th, 2010 and mass reprisals against independent journalists and oppositionists after their action on EU square of Independence has forbidden entrance on the territory to 150 officials of this country. Journalists of official mass-media who especially furiously supported power actions of the power against opponents have got to the list also.