News on the topic: freedom of speech

Healthcare corruption whistleblower Siarhei Satsuk sentenced to 8 years in jail

26.10.2022 Healthcare corruption whistleblower Siarhei Satsuk sentenced to 8 years in jail

The journalist revealed many large-scale corruption facts including COVID-19 data fraud by the Ministry of Health.

Ivan Murauyou and Yauhen Merkis recognized as political prisoners

21.09.2022 Ivan Murauyou and Yauhen Merkis recognized as political prisoners

Joint statement of the Belarusian human rights community

Journalist Iryna Slaunikava is a political prisoner

30.11.2021 Journalist Iryna Slaunikava is a political prisoner

Joint statement by the human rights organizations of Belarus

BelaPAN chief editor and ex-director face up to 7 years in prison on “extremism” charges

19.11.2021 BelaPAN chief editor and ex-director face up to 7 years in prison on “extremism” charges

BelaPAN editor-in-chief Iryna Leushyna and ex-director Dzmitry Navazhylau were charged with “creating an extremist formation”

BAJ demands to stop using anti-extremist legislation to restrict freedom of speech

18.11.2021 BAJ demands to stop using anti-extremist legislation to restrict freedom of speech

On 1 November 2021, Belarusian KGB recognized the BelaPAN news agency as an extremist formation, and on November 3, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus announced the same status of the Belsat TV channel.

Critical vlogger given 4 years in prison over ‘slandering’ and ‘insulting’ Lukashenka and top officials

17.09.2021 Critical vlogger given 4 years in prison over ‘slandering’ and ‘insulting’ Lukashenka and top officials

In court, Ruslan Linnik pleaded not guilty, refused to testify, and in his last statement told about the psychological and physical pressure he suffered at the hands of the security forces.

Human rights defenders call to release BelaPAN employees

19.08.2021 Human rights defenders call to release BelaPAN employees

Statement by representatives of the Belarusian human rights community

Nasha Niva journalists are political prisoners

12.07.2021 Nasha Niva journalists are political prisoners

The organizations that issued this statement believe that these actions against the staff of Nasha Niva newspaper are a continuation of the purposeful policy of the authorities to restrict the distribution of uncensored information in the country and a continuation of the assault on freedom of speech

Access to media websites blocked, searches and detentions of journalists ongoing throughout Belarus

08.07.2021 Access to media websites blocked, searches and detentions of journalists ongoing throughout Belarus

The website of Nasha Niva newspaper was blocked on July 8. Searches were conducted in the apartment of its editor-in-chief Yahor Martsinovich and in the office of the newspaper, the accounting office and the home of the editor Andrei Skurko.

11 new names on list of political prisoners

09.04.2021 11 new names on list of political prisoners

Joint statement by the human rights organizations of Belarus

20 new names on list of political prisoners

29.03.2021 20 new names on list of political prisoners

Joint statement by the human rights organizations of Belarus

European Federation of Journalists condemns government attack on Belarus Press Club

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.

Belarus Escalates Crackdown on Independent Journalism

08.12.2020 Belarus Escalates Crackdown on Independent Journalism

Online News Outlet TUT.BY Stripped of Media Credentials

Authorities designate Telegram channel NEXTA as “extremist” in further crackdown on independent media

24.10.2020 Authorities designate Telegram channel NEXTA as “extremist” in further crackdown on independent media

Around 30 human rights organisations strongly condemn the ruling by a Belarusian court to include the popular Telegram channel NEXTA in the list of “extremist” materials under Article 17.11 of the Code of Administrative Offences. The decision effectively penalises Belarusians for seeking to access independent news sources, branding those exercising their right to freedom of expression and information as ‘extremist’, and is part of a worsening crackdown on dissent.

Stop pressure on the press!

12.10.2020 Stop pressure on the press!

Statement by Belarusian Association of Journalists, Press Club, and United Media Association

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