News for 19 Apr 2013

19.04.2013 Informal coalition of minorities created in Belarus

The coalition is not shaped by specific agreements, but by a number of organizations and communities that integrate minorities, from people with disabilities to the representatives of different sexual orientations, who are working together to develop a draft anti-discrimination law, Radio Racyja reports.

19.04.2013 Detained journalists released from police department

BelaPAN camera man Syarhei Satsyuk was released at about 1 p.m. Radio Liberty correspondent was free an hour later.

Are there any threats for sellers and owners of “Belarus Press Photo 2011” album?

19.04.2013 Are there any threats for sellers and owners of “Belarus Press Photo 2011” album?

On April 17, Yulia Darashkevich received a phone call from the “Book Salon” located in Kalinin Street in Minsk with a request to pick up the rest of the copies of the album they had not sold. The journalist reported this through her Facebook page. On April 18, the NGO “Belarusian Association of Journalists” contacted the bookshop to find out that the store was not going to sell any more of these books, despite the fact that at the time the court had not even announced its decision.

19.04.2013 Journalists detained in Minsk

Aleh Hruzdzilovich, journalist of Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe’s Belarus service, and Siarhei Satsiuk, cameraman of the BelaPAN news agency, were detained this morning while covering a protest staged by a public initiative “Against Lawlessness in the Courts and the Prosecutor’s Office” in Minsk’s Independence Square, outside the House of Government building where President Lukashenka is expected to address the Parliament today, RFE/RL reports.

19.04.2013 BAJ Objects to Ashmiany Court Verdict on ‘Extremism’ in ‘Press Photo Belarus 2011’ Photo Album

The Belarusian Association of Journalists has sharply objected to the decision of Ashmiany District Court on recognizing the ‘Press Photo Belarus 2011’ photo album as an extremist material.

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