Lida blogger and former employee of Hrodna government-owned newspaper Yauhen Kutsko is reportedly suspected of folk-leasing for a publication in the www.vkontake.ru social network, mocking the local state-run newspaper “Lidskaya gazeta”.
News for March 2011
Wile the attention of the West is locked on revolutions in Arab world, the dictatorship in Belarus is speeding up the flywheel of repressions.
On March 24 the founder and chairman of Vyasna human rights centre Ales Byalyatski visited Paris. He urged the French Foreign Ministry to impose economic sanctions against the Belarusian regime, Le Monde writes.
Andrei Vilkin has long been celebrated in Belarus for his skills as a karate master and a coach. The patriarch of a family of decorated martial artists, he has filled his living room with the hallmarks of his success: trophies from world championships and national awards for ‘‘ service to the motherland.’’ But they are of little help to him now.
31.03.2011 STATEMENT THE BELARUSIAN ASSOCIATION OF JOURNALISTS ON THE SCORE OF TIGHTENING OF PRESSURE ON JOURNALISTS AT THE END OF MARCH 2011
Situation with freedom of journalistic activity in Belarus has deteriorated dramatically since recently. The BAJ members from Mahilou – Uladzimir Laptsevich, Ales Asiptsou, and Dzmitry Salauyou – were detained and sentenced to 3 – 7 days of arrest under administrative law on the eve of the Freedom Day, celebrated on March 25th. A TV cameraman Uladzislau Staravierau was detained for several hours in the city of Vitsiebsk. All the media workers, mentioned above, were detained upon far-fetched pretexts. Once again, the police and the plain-clothes men prevented journalists from reporting on street actions on March 25, 2011.
The preliminary investigative department of Minsk City Department of Internal Affairs has brought new charges against Uladzimir Niakliayeu, Aliaksandr Fiaduta, Siarhei Vazniak, Andrei Dzmitryeu, Vital Rymasheuski and Nasta Palazhanka.