On 14 March, the Homiel District Court fined the freelance journalists Kastus Zhukouski and Andrei Tolchyn for 25 base amounts (about EUR 255) each. This is the third fine for freelancing these Homiel residents receive this year.
Names of journalists, judges, dates, sums of fines imposed on journalists in 2014 - 2018 for administrative article 22.9 (unlawful production and distribution of mass media products).
On 12 March, the Pinsk district court summoned the bloggers Sergei Pyatrukhin from Brest and Alexander Kabanau from Biaroza to attend the hearings in the administrative case under Article 22.9, Part 2 of the Administrative Code.
According to the police representatives’ testimonies, Andrei Koziel was filming illegally the process of counting votes at the local elections and refused to leave the polling station on the police officers’ demand.
Bastunets Met with the Minister of Information Karliukevich: ‘We have agreed to discuss changes in the Law ‘On Mass Media’
The BAJ Chairperson Andrei Bastunets has had a meeting with the recently appointed Minister of Information of Belarus Aliaksandr Karliukevich.
The brutally beaten freelance ‘Belsat’ cameraman Andrus Koziel has been called to the Central City District Court of Minsk for re-trial on March 7, 2018.
The Minister of Information Karliukevich Promised to Invite BAJ to Discuss Amendments to Mass Media Law
The Ministry of Information would like to arrange public hearings on the planned changes in the Belarus Law ‘On Mass Media’. Among other, the Minister of Information Aliaksandr Karliukevich noted in his interview to the European Radio in Belarus that he wanted to hear arguments in favour of introducing the status of freelance journalists into the law.
Andrei Bastunets: ‘The Dialogue with the EU Continues, but Problems with Freedom of Speech Remain to be Unsolved’
Andrei Bastunets, the Chairperson of Belarusian Association of Journalists expressed his concern with the fact, that the dialogue with the EU in the framework of ‘Eastern Partnership’ program continues, but it doesn’t result in any progress with situation with human rights in Belarus.
The Court Sent Back the Case against Andrei Koziel for Revision. The Beaten Journalist Released from Custody
Andrei Koziel, a freelance journalist, cooperating with Belsat TV, was put on trial for the alleged disobedience to the police on February 19, 2018. Andrus Kozel was an observer from a candidate for deputy Mikalai Kazlou. The reporter had spent a night at the pre-trial detention centre in Minsk.