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Politically-motivated threats against journalist working for opposition website

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders condemns the continuing threats against journalists working for the Charter 97 news and opposition website ( http://www.charter97.org ). In the latest case, site editor Natallya Radzina received a threatening email message on 15 July 2009 that was prompted by a report about a pro-Russian neo-fascist group.

"It is time this persecution stopped," Reporters Without Borders said. "We urge the government to recognise Charter 97 so that it can file complaints with the police and judicial authorities and obtain redress. If Belarus is to respect its own constitutional principles, it must ensure that this website and its bloggers enjoy freedom of action."

The email that Radzina received on 15 July said: "Achtung [in German], editor Radzina Natallya! (...) You've been warned that you should be quiet and not lash out at the patriots of the right." Threatening violence of a sexual nature, it added: "Don't you understand the Russian Language?"

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