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EU, OSCE, Reporters without Borders condemn crackdown on journalists and activists in Belarus

14.05.2020 EU, OSCE, Reporters without Borders condemn crackdown on journalists and activists in Belarus

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, expressed his concerns and denounced the detention and imprisonment of journalists and freelance reporters for ‘participating in unauthorized events’ in Belarus. He called for their immediate release.

Position of human rights organizations on the arrest and detention of Siarhei Satsuk

03.04.2020 Position of human rights organizations on the arrest and detention of Siarhei Satsuk

On March 25, Siarhei Satsuk, journalist and chief editor of the Internet daily “Ezhednevnik”, was arrested in Minsk. He was remanded in custody on March 26. On March 26 and 27, searches were carried out at Ezhednevnik’s office and in Satsuk’s apartment; office equipment and documents were seized.

YouTube vlogger charged with assault of police officer over abusive comment

03.03.2020 YouTube vlogger charged with assault of police officer over abusive comment

Volha Zhurauskaya, a Viciebsk-based blogger running a YouTube channel called “Shooting is Allowed”, has been charged with assault of an official (Art. 369 of the Criminal Code).

Reporters Without Borders: 389 journalists currently in prison worldwide

17.12.2019 Reporters Without Borders: 389 journalists currently in prison worldwide

A total of 49 journalists were killed this year, 389 are currently in prison and 57 are being held hostage, according to the annual worldwide round-up of deadly violence and abusive treatment against journalists, released today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Journalism remains a dangerous profession but the number of journalists killed this year is at its lowest in 16 years.

CPJ: Turkmenistan, Iran, Belarus Among World's 'Most Censored Countries'

11.09.2019 CPJ: Turkmenistan, Iran, Belarus Among World's 'Most Censored Countries'

In a new report, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) named Turkmenistan, Iran, and Belarus as being among the ten worst countries for press censorship.

Critical blogger cleared of embezzlement charges

09.07.2019 Critical blogger cleared of embezzlement charges

The Investigative Committee’s office in the city of Biaroza, Brest region, has closed the criminal case against blogger Aliaksandr Kabanau, known for his role in covering the environmental protests in Brest. He was suspected of misappropriation of more than 400 rubles (USD 200) under Art. 211, Part 1 of the Criminal Code.

Human Rights Watch: Use Europe Games to Spur Media Freedom

03.05.2019 Human Rights Watch: Use Europe Games to Spur Media Freedom

Press Freedom Day Throws Spotlight on Need to Assure Safe Reporting

Critical blogger awarded heavy fine in police defamation trial

18.04.2019 Critical blogger awarded heavy fine in police defamation trial

Blogger Siarhei Piatrukhin has been found guilty of slander and insult in a trial that was completed today in Brest.

ARTICLE 19: New decree severely limits right to anonymity online

08.01.2019 ARTICLE 19: New decree severely limits right to anonymity online

ARTICLE 19 is concerned by the Belarusian government’s newly adopted decree, which severely limits Internet users’ right to anonymity online. Since 1 December 2018 Internet users in Belarus must prove their identity before they can make online posts.

Reporters Without Borders: Harassment of journalists breaks records in Belarus

17.12.2018 Reporters Without Borders: Harassment of journalists breaks records in Belarus

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.

Investigators drop charges against more journalists in “BelTA case”

27.11.2018 Investigators drop charges against more journalists in “BelTA case”

On November 26, the Investigative Committee stopped criminal proceedings against tut.by editor Uliyana Babayed and BelaPAN political analyst Tatsiana Karaviankova, after they covered financial losses to the government-owned BelTA news agency.

BelTA case: two journalists discharged, tut.by chief editor faces graver charges

23.11.2018 BelTA case: two journalists discharged, tut.by chief editor faces graver charges

Pauliuk Bykouski, Deutsche Welle reporter in Belarus, has been exempted from criminal charges of illegal access to the closed news feed of the government-owned BelTA agency, and will be tried on administrative charges, instead. Criminal charges have also been dropped against Uladzislau Kuletski, editor of the realt.by website.

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.

November 5 - Stand Up for Journalists!

05.11.2018 November 5 - Stand Up for Journalists!

In Belarus, this year's main threat is the criminal case launched against prominent journalists and editors of independent media.

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.

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