The American and British diplomats visited TUT.BY office to talk to Yury Zisser, the founder of the news outlet, and express their support to journalists and their colleagues who had been detained earlier this week.
United we stand, divided we fall.
Scott Brandon, the acting Chargé d’affaires ad interim of the United States, and his economic adviser Christopher McCabe visited the company on Wednesday morning, 8 August.
They were greeted by TUT.BY founder Yury Zisser, who briefed the representatives of the foreign missions in Belarus on the current situation and its prospects.
“They came to express their solidarity and offer help. They asked about the detained employees, the accusations and why do we see it as a political matter.
Why? Because the incriminated case doesn’t correspond to the scale of investigation, including manhunt for journalists,” he said.
Later in the day, British Ambassador to Belarus Fionna Gibb, Head of the EU Delegation to Belarus Andrea Wiktorin, who was accompanied by her colleagues from UK, Lithuania and Sweden came to the newsroom.
The diplomats were shown the desks of TUT.BY editor-in-chief Marina Zolatava and other detainees.
“We showed them that the system units had been turned off, our hard drives had been taken away. Some works still have been ongoing in our server.
Apparently, they’re copying the contents of our corporate server, employees’ mail correspondence, data of the companies related to TUT.BY, all the accounting.
It’s hard to imagine how many years it will take them to read it all.
Although I know there’s nothing wrong with my correspondence, I don’t do anything bad, but they are specialists in misinterpreting.”
The EU delegation in Minsk promised to keep a close eye on the situation and expressed their readiness to provide any help neccessary.
On behalf of TUT.BY Yury Zisser expressed his gratitude to the American and European diplomats for their concern and support.
Meanwhile, the EU representatives called on Minsk to release journalists, stressing that such actions are in contradiction with Belarus’ international commitments.
Recall that yesterday law enforcement officers searched offices of TUT.BY and BelaPAN news agencies.
They seized computers, documents and detained several journalists, some of whom are still behind the bars. More detentions followed today.
Deutsche Welle freelancer journalist Pavel Bykovsky, three Realt.by reporters and their editor-in-chief Vladislav Kuletsky and journalist Aleksei Zhukov.
Besides, eyewitnesses reported about police raids in “Kultura” newspaper. The claim remains the same – illegal access to BelTA news.