TUT.BY journalists, its editor-in-chief Marina Zolotova and detainees of other media sources were released from temporary detention facilities on Wednesday, 9 August.
The criminal investigation continues.
“After carrying out a set of urgent investigative and other procedural actions as part of the criminal case, the investigation has decided to release … the persons connected to the case,” the Investigative Committee statement reads.
The legal status of the released journalists are suspects in the so-called BelTA copyright infringement case.
They are accused of alleged “unauthorized access to information, made out of personal interest, which caused significant harm’.
Marina Zolotova as well as other journalists noted that the investigators were polite and thanked everyone for their support.
Zolotova, who is under a gag order, refused to comment on the reasons for detention.
“This is great stress for many people. No rash judgments are not something we need right now,” she said.
Recall that this law enforcement officers raided offices of TUT.BY, BelaPAN and other independent Belarusian news agencies.
They seized computers, documents and detained several journalists for questioning.
International organizations, human rights activists, local authorities and foreign media expressed their concern and condemned journalists detentions.
The Europen Union (EU) called on Minsk to free journalists, stressing that such actions are in contradiction with Belarus’ international commitments.
The American, British, Swedish and Lithuanian diplomats visited TUT.BY to talk to its founder Yury Zisser, and express their support.
The EU delegation in Minsk promised to keep a close eye on the situation and showed their readiness to provide any help neccessary.