24 July 1996


Presidential decree converts daily "Narodnaya Gazeta" into joint stock company

**Updates IFEX alert dated 20 March 1996**

On 28 June 1996, the daily "Narodnaya Gazeta" was turned into a
joint stock company by presidential decree. On the same day, the
Human Rights and Media Committee of Parliament published a list
of people liable to be appointed the new editor of the daily. The
Committee had recommended a member of Parliament, Leonid Yunchik,
ahead of current editor Mikhail Chimanski, the latter of whom has
ties to President Alexander Lukashenko.

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    His Excellency Alexander Lukashenko
    Minsk 220010, Belarus Republic
    Fax: +375 172 23 58 25

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    Reporters Without Borders
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    75002 Paris, France
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    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51

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