News on the topic: freedom of expression

Aliaksandr Alesin remains suspect in espionage case

08.09.2015 Aliaksandr Alesin remains suspect in espionage case

Despite the release of political prisoners, a criminal case against a famous Belarusian journalist hasn't been closed. He is advised to wait for Lukashenka's decree.

Accused in "graffiti case": During the arrest we were threatened that we would never get out of jail

04.09.2015 Accused in "graffiti case": During the arrest we were threatened that we would never get out of jail

Maksim Piakarski, a defendant in the "case of graffiti artists" told the Human Rights Center "Viasna" how the detention was held.

Suspects in case of Belarusian-language are neither charged, nor released

15.08.2015 Suspects in case of Belarusian-language are neither charged, nor released

At about 7 p.m. on August 14, the persons who had been detained in the case of Belarusian-language graffiti, were to have been either released or presented charges. However, neither of has happened.

Criminal proceedings for Belarusian-language graffiti, lawlessness of riot police (video, photos)

14.08.2015 Criminal proceedings for Belarusian-language graffiti, lawlessness of riot police (video, photos)

After 4 p.m. on August 11 in Minsk, people in black uniforms with guns and helmets broke into three different apartments. Young residents were knocked down to the floor. In one of the apartments they were kept on the floor for about an hour, and electric shockers were used towards them without any reasons.

Volha Nikalaichyk's case sent for revising again

12.08.2015 Volha Nikalaichyk's case sent for revising again

August 12, the repeated consideration of an administrative case against the civil society activist Volha Nikalaichyk was held at Centraĺny District Court of Minsk.

Viciebsk Regional Court postpones trial of journalist Dzmitry Lupach

12.08.2015 Viciebsk Regional Court postpones trial of journalist Dzmitry Lupach

Hlybokaje journalist Dzmitry Lupach wanted to challenge the decision of Hlybokaje District Court, by which he had been fined 4.5 mln rubles for alleged collaboration with foreign media without accreditation.

 "Hazieta Slonimskaja" Faces Trial for Insulting the President

06.08.2015 "Hazieta Slonimskaja" Faces Trial for Insulting the President

According to article 23.33 of the Code of Adminstrative Offenses,the non-state newspaper can be fined for up to 500 basic amounts (90 million rubles).

Journalist Uladzimir Laptsevich files a supervisory appeal to Supreme Court

05.08.2015 Journalist Uladzimir Laptsevich files a supervisory appeal to Supreme Court

In October 2014 the journalist stopped being let to the sittings of Mahilioŭ Regional Council. During a personal audience the head of the council Anatol Isachanka told Mr. Laptsevich that he wasn't let to the sittings as he was absent in the “lists of the invited persons”.

Chief editor of "NAŠ Mahilioŭ" to stand trial

14.07.2015 Chief editor of "NAŠ Mahilioŭ" to stand trial

The trial of Ihar Barysau will start at 9.30 a.m. on July 15 at Kastrychnitski District Court of Mahilioŭ.

Journalists are explained their rights only two weeks after beginning of the trial

14.07.2015 Journalists are explained their rights only two weeks after beginning of the trial

July 10, Hlybokaje journalists Zmitser Lupach and Tatsiana Smotkina were summoned to the police to sign the paper that they had been explained their rights. “What is the sense of this paper, if the violation report was drawn up back on June 25, and nobody mentioned my rights then,” wonders Tatsiana.

Homieĺ journalists challenge Rahačoŭ fines

13.07.2015 Homieĺ journalists challenge Rahačoŭ fines

July 10, Homieĺ freelancers Natallia Kryvashei and Kanstantsin Zhukouski filed cassation appeals to Homieĺ Regional Court, in which they challenge the verdict of Rahačoŭ District Court, by which they were fined 6.3 million rubles under Article 22.9 of the Code of Administrative Violations for cooperation with Polish satellite TV channel "Belsat".

Freelance journalists Natallia Kryvashei and Kanstatnsin Zhukouski get fined

09.07.2015 Freelance journalists Natallia Kryvashei and Kanstatnsin Zhukouski get fined

According to the Belarusian Association of Journalists, Rahačoŭ District Court Judge Aliaksandr Krainikau found freelance journalists Natallia Kryvashei and Kanstatnsin Zhukouski guikty of the illicit manufacture of media products for satellite TV channel "Belsat" and fined them 35 basic units (6.3 million rubles) under Art. 22.9, part 2 of Code of Administrative Offenses.

 BAJ Protest against the Practice of Fining Journalists for Work

08.07.2015 BAJ Protest against the Practice of Fining Journalists for Work

Belarusian Association of Journalists strongly protests against the increasing administrative prosecution of freelance journalists whose materials are published in foreign mass media.

Brest: freelance journalist Ales Liauchuk sentenced to a fine

04.07.2015 Brest: freelance journalist Ales Liauchuk sentenced to a fine

Ales Liauchuk was charged with being involved in producing an interview with a player of Brest soccer club “Dynamo” Raman Vasiliuk, which had been broadcast at the satellite TV channel “Belsat”.

Valiantsin Stefanovich: Ministry of Information acting like "Ministry of Truth"

01.07.2015 Valiantsin Stefanovich: Ministry of Information acting like "Ministry of Truth"

As stated by the Information Minister Liliya Ananich, the Ministry of Information tries to teach the owners of Internet resources responsibility in the information space and attentively considers each application of citizens about the work of the media.

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