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Figures of the year

03.01.2015 Source: Press Service of Belarusian Association of Journalists

105 million rubles for fines, 60 million euro of state budget support to mass media, 14 administrative cases and 29 detentions – year 2014 in figures of the monitoring service of BAJ.

The monitoring service of BAJ summed up that in 2014 journalists and distributors of media products were fined for 105 million Belarusian rubles in total. 52 million 50 thousand rubles were imposed on journalists as fines for contribution to foreign mass media without accreditation. 21 million 450 thousand rubles were imposed for participation in unsanctioned mass events. Distributors of print products were fined for 25 million 500 thousand rubles.

In 2015, the national budget allocates 804.2 billion rubles to support of state-run mass media, which accounts to 60 million euros. 653 billion rubles go to TV and radio, around 70 billion rubles go to print periodicals. To compare, state support in previous years (figures are approximate):

2009 – 64 mln EUR

2010 – 40 mln EUR

2011 – 54 mln EUR

2012 – 45.5 mln EUR

2013 – 60 mln EUR

2014 – 52 mln EUR

2015 – 60 mln EUR

 

There were 14 administrative cases against independent journalists under article 22.9, part 2 of the Code of Administrative Offences (illegal production and distribution of media products). Among them:

Ales Dzianisau

Ales Zaleuski (2 cases),

Andrei Mialeshka (3 cases),

Aliaksandr Burakou (2 cases, one case dismissed),

Mikhail Arshynski (case dismissed)

Maryna Mauchanava

Vital Siamashka (case dismissed),

Alina Litvinchuk

Tamara Shchapiotkina

Ales Liauchuk

The number of detentions of journalists at work was 29 incidents (most of them short-time detentions):

Date

Who was detained

Number of persons

02.02.2014

Vasil Siamashka

1

05.02.2014

Siarzhuk Kruchkou, Nasta Reznikava, Aliaksandr Patseyeu

3

02.03.2014

Uladzimir Hrydzin, Iryna Arakhouskaya, Vasil Siamashka, Siarhei Hapon, Artsiom Liava, Yauhen Erchak, Ina Studzinskaya

7

16.03.2014

Ales Silich, Natallia, Valakida

2

09.05.2014

Valer Kalinouski, two colleagues (names unknown)

3

17.05.2014

Yauhen Skrabets

1

03.09.2014

Viachaslau Piashko and a colleague (wanted not to be mentioned)

2

16.09.2014

Natallia Valakida, Ales Barazenka, Siarhei Satsiuk

3

10.10.2014

Iryna Arakhouskaya, Ales Barazenka

2

20.10.2014

Aliaksandr Liubianchuk, Maryja Artsybashava

2

10.11.2014

Viachaslau Piashko, Artur Bondarau

2

6.12.2014

Uladzimir Hrydzin

1