May 5, 2011

Independent journalist badly beaten in Belarus

Independent journalist Volha Klaskouskaya, sister to the political prisoner Aleksandr Klaskouski, was detained and beaten tonight. We were in touch with her yesterday when she wrote an article to our partner website: "17 years of dictatorship in the hart of Europe":
"I appeal to the international democratic community to help stop the tyranny and arbitrariness in the heart of Europe. Because without a free Belarus, there is no free Europe, Volha Klaskouskaya (independent journalist) writes."

  Something like this shoulden´t happen,not in a democratic nation and sociaty. Belarus and Sweden have mutual bussinnes interests in the telecoms market, Ericsson and TeliaSonera via the subsideary company Turkcell [DN] where they own 80% of  the state ownd telecomsmarket and Lukachenka 20% of that same company. It is not far flung to extrapolate what technologies is in use, the purpose of them and how they are used. That happend in Poland, under the European dataretention directive.

Who was affected:

At least 10 wide-known, influential journalists
Known names with their affiliation at that time: Monika Olejnik (TVN
24 i Radio Zet), Cezary Gmyz ("Rzeczpospolita"), Maciej Duda
("Rzeczpospolita", "Newsweek"), Roman Osica i Marek Balawajder (obaj
RMF FM), Piotr Pytlakowski ("Polityka"), Andrzej Stankiewicz
("Newsweek"), Bertold Kittel ("Rzeczpospolita"), Wojciech Czuchnowski
i Bogdan Wróblewski (both "Gazeta Wyborcza").

Report: [link 1][link 2][link 3]

Key Polish daily newspaper – Gazeta Wyborcza – discovered in October 2010 (Katarzyna Szymielewicz, Panoptykon) that at least 10 influential journalists were subjected to on-going surveillance in the years 2005-2007, i.e. at the time when
conservative, right wing party ruled in Poland (PiS).  The police and two major intelligence agencies, namely Central Anticorruption Bureau and Internal Security Agency, requested the data retained by telecom
operators (traffic and subscribers data) in order to reveal their journalistic sources. Data was accessed by the police and secret services without any judicial control and beyond any legitimate procedure, i.e. not in relation to any pending criminal case. In this context it is clear that the use of traffic and subscribers data was not legitimate and constituted an outrageous example of data mining as well as the breach of journalistic secrecy.

As a result of these actions, police and secret services were able to trace back journalistic sources. Purportedly  some people from the administration and police lost their jobs after discovering that they
contacted the journalists while they worked on politically controversial subjects. This abuse led to prosecutor’s investigation aimed at finding out whether illegitimate surveillance of journalists did occur. Both police and secret serviced keep denying this. The investigation was allegedly closed due to lack of evidence. One of the journalists appealed  from this decision and won the case in the court. The court ordered that the case be re-opened and investigated in depth.