News on the topic: journalists
18.02.2021 Belsat TV journalists sentenced to 2 years in prison
Katsiaryna Bakhvalava (Andreyeva) and Darya Chultsova, journalists working with the Belsat TV channel, were sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment in a general-security penitentiary each, after Judhe Natallia Buhuk of the Frunzienski District Court of Minsk found them today guilty of involvement in “group actions gravely breaching public order” (Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code).
17.02.2021 New reprisals against civil society activists underpin vicious crackdown on human rights
The Belarusian authorities have now set their sights on human rights defenders and journalists whose only crime has been to document the wave of gross human rights violations committed by security forces following last August’s contested presidential election.
31.12.2020 Press Club leaders charged in ‘tax evasion’ case
Yuliya Slutskaya, founder of Press Club Belarus, was formally charged under Part 2 of Article 243 (tax evasion on an especially large scale), euroradio.fm said. She will remain in custody until at least February 22.
23.12.2020 European Federation of Journalists condemns government attack on Belarus Press Club
Yulia Slutskaya, the founder of the Belarus Press Club, who is also a member of the board of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), was detained on Tuesday on her arrival at Minsk International Airport. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) demands her immediate release.
11.12.2020 National Human Rights Award winners announced
On the International Human Rights Day, December 10, a coalition of human rights organizations of Belarus held a ceremony in Minsk to present the annual National Human Rights Awards.
08.12.2020 Belarus Escalates Crackdown on Independent Journalism
Online News Outlet TUT.BY Stripped of Media Credentials
25.11.2020 HRDs call to release journalists held on criminal charges
Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations on the criminal cases of journalists Katsiaryna Barysevich, Katsiaryna Andreyeva and Darya Chultsova
21.11.2020 BAJ demands immediate release of TUT.BY reporter Katsiaryna Barysevich
The Belarusian Association of Journalists believes that instead of looking for the real perpetrators of the murder, the investigators persecute those who are trying to find out the truth about the circumstances of Raman Bandarenka's death.
02.11.2020 231 named suspects in new “rioting” case
The Investigative Committee says 231 people detained after yesterday’s protest in Minsk are suspects in a criminal case of “breaching public order.”
12.10.2020 Stop pressure on the press!
Statement by Belarusian Association of Journalists, Press Club, and United Media Association
23.09.2020 Nasha Niva editor held on libel charges
Yahor Martsinovich, editor-in-chief of Nasha Niva, a popular online news site, was detained this morning by Belarusian security officers. His apartment was searched by the Interior Ministry’s Directorate of Internal Security.
03.09.2020 Students convicted of protesting on Knowledge Day
Forty-four trials were held yesterday in Minsk courts to hear the administrative charges of “illegal protesting” involving students of several major universities who demonstrated on September 1. Thirty-two students were sentenced to short terms in prison, as a result. Twelve more were fined.
30.08.2020 Wall of silence in Belarus: massive withdrawal of press accreditations
After the arbitrary detention of about 50 journalists on Thursday, the Belarusian authorities are stepping up the withdrawal of press accreditations for journalists covering the country’s news for foreign media. A wall of silence is gradually isolating Belarus from the rest of the world. The EFJ condemns the inaction and wait-and-see attitude of the international community.
28.08.2020 Nearly 300 detained in Minsk protest
Viasna’s arrest list has once again hit third-digits, after some 240 protesters, mostly men, and 30 journalists were detained last night in central Minsk.
13.08.2020 Amnesty International: Belarus: Attacks on journalists mount amid protest crackdown
The Belarusian authorities must immediately end their assault on journalists, Amnesty International said on 12 August, amid reports of journalists being arrested, beaten, and targeted with rubber bullets while covering the vicious police crackdown on protests. Media workers have also had their cameras smashed and their footage deleted.