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Harassment of journalists breaks records in Belarus – nearly 100 fines so far this year

15.11.2018 Harassment of journalists breaks records in Belarus – nearly 100 fines so far this year

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Belarusian government’s international partners to react to the surge in its persecution of journalists, with nearly 100 fines imposed already this year on reporters working for exile media – an all-time record.

Journalists involved in BelTA case face formal charges

08.11.2018 Journalists involved in BelTA case face formal charges

Eight journalists working with the tut.by and belapan.by news websites have been officially charged with “unauthorized accesses to computer information” in what is known as the “BelTA case”, Belarusian Association of Journalists said.

Amnesty International condemns low point for freedom of expression in Belarus

03.09.2018 Amnesty International condemns low point for freedom of expression in Belarus

The right to freedom of expression in Belarus has been dealt a series of severe blows in recent weeks, as the authorities’ crusade against journalists and independent media outlets continues. The latest moves by the Belarusian authorities demonstrate their resolve to eliminate all critical voices in the country and deprive people in Belarus of the opportunity to freely access, share and disseminate information and ideas.

Picks of the Week

31.08.2018 Picks of the Week

Courts convict activists over support for REP leaders; new suspect named in BelTA case; blogger in Brest live streams own arrest; political prisoner Mikhail Zhamchuzhny faces new penalties in prison

Belarus cracks down on journalists and publishers as oppressive new media laws bite, UN expert warns

13.08.2018 Belarus cracks down on journalists and publishers as oppressive new media laws bite, UN expert warns

GENEVA (10 August 2018) – A wave of raids and arbitrary arrests targeting independent publishers and journalists in Belarus highlights oppressive new rules against internet media in the country, says the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus, Miklós Haraszti.

Statement of the Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

10.08.2018 Statement of the Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

In connection with the wave of searches in the editorial offices of the media and the detention of journalists

BelaPAN chief editor detained, more journalists remain in custody

09.08.2018 BelaPAN chief editor detained, more journalists remain in custody

Iryna Leushyna, chief editor of the BelaPAN news agency, has been detained today, tut.by said. Her apartment has been searched and computer equipment seized.

Four journalists still in detention, as searches of media continue

08.08.2018 Four journalists still in detention, as searches of media continue

Maryna Zolatava, Hanna Kaltyhina and Halina Ulasik, editors of tut.by, the country’s leading online newspaper, as well as belapan.by journalist Tatsiana Karaviankova, remain in custody on charges of illegal access to the government-owned news agency BelTA. The whereabouts of one more tut.by editor, Hanna Yermachonak, is still unknown.

Council of Europe: Liberate all arrested journalists

08.08.2018 Council of Europe: Liberate all arrested journalists

Searches and arrests in Belarusian media. Statement by the CoE's Spokesperson of the Secretary General

Statement on searches of media outlets and arrests of journalists

08.08.2018 Statement on searches of media outlets and arrests of journalists

On August 7, the Investigative Committee of Belarus said that it opened a criminal case under Part 2, Art. 349 of the Criminal Code (“illegal access to computer information obtained out of other personal interest, which caused significant damage”). Reports also said that the law-enforcement agencies detained journalists Maryna Zolatava, Hanna Kaltyhina, Halina Ulasik, Ulyiana Babayed (tut.by) and Tatsiana Karaviankova (BelaPAN). According to our information, several more journalists were also detained.

7 journalists held in criminal case against independent websites

07.08.2018 7 journalists held in criminal case against independent websites

The Minsk offices of tut.by and belapan.by, Belarus’s biggest independent websites, have been searched by police this morning.

Civil Rights Defenders: Situation for Independent Journalists Reaches New Low in Belarus

19.07.2018 Civil Rights Defenders: Situation for Independent Journalists Reaches New Low in Belarus

Belarusian journalists Volha Czajczyc and Andrei Kozel were recently prosecuted and threatened with heavy fines and loss of property because of their journalistic activities and cooperation with the independent TV channel Belsat. Civil Rights Defenders urges Belarus to ensure the safety of Volha Czajczyc, Andrei Kozel and all other independent journalists in the country.

Human rights defenders call to drop criminal charges against BelaPAN director

18.07.2018 Human rights defenders call to drop criminal charges against BelaPAN director

Statement on the criminal prosecution of Ales Lipai, director of the BelaPAN news agency, and pressure on journalists in Belarus

Legislative amendments further restrict media in Belarus, says OSCE media freedom representative

18.06.2018 Legislative amendments further restrict media in Belarus, says OSCE media freedom representative

VIENNA, 18 June 2018 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir today expressed concern following the adoption of legislative amendments in Belarus which further restrict media activities in the country. The amendments affect the work of national mass media, internet resources, and foreign media outlets.

Financial police raid apartment of BelaPAN director, charge him with tax evasion

14.06.2018 Financial police raid apartment of BelaPAN director, charge him with tax evasion

The Minsk apartment of Ales Lipai, director of the BelaPAN news agency, has been searched by financial police this morning. According to human rights activist Valiantsin Stefanovich, the search was conducted by the Department of Financial Investigations of the State Control Committee as part of a criminal case opened against Lipai.

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