Journalists Ales Dzianisau and Ales Kirkevich to be tried in Hrodna April 15

2015 2015-04-14T00:32:43+0300 2015-04-14T00:32:43+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On Wednesday, April 15, Leninski District Court of Hrodna will consider the administrative case against the freelance journalists Ales Dzianisau and Ales Kirkevich, charged under Part 2, Article 22.9 of the Code of Administrative Offences (illegally producing and distributing information).

The case concerns a video report about the opening of the exhibition of Sluck belts at the Belarusian State Museum of the History of Religion, broadcast on the TV channel BelSat in early March.

The hearing will start at 11.45 a.m. and will be lead by judge Alena Piatrova, known for sentencing civil society activists and journalists to huge fines. In particular, Alena Piatrova fined five people for presence at the Memorial day in the town of Svislach in 2014, including an officially accredited journalist, Mikhail Karnevich, who had been implementing his professional duties there.