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Independent media advocate and journalist tell of challenges covering Belarus’s upcoming elections and coronavirus 03.07.2020

Independent media advocate and journalist tell of challenges covering Belarus’s upcoming elections and coronavirus

As Belarus’s August 9, 2020, presidential election nears with President Aleksandr Lukashenko vying to remain in power after 26 years in office, press freedom advocates say Belarusian authorities are cracking down on journalists and government critics. 

02.07.2020

Human rights defenders recognize blogger Zmitser Kazlou political prisoner

Blogger Zmitser Kzou (aka Gray Cat) charged under Article 342 Part 1 of the Criminal Code (organization or active participation in group actions grossly violating public order) was recognized political prisoner by the human rights community of Belarus.

30.06.2020

Another Belarusian blogger accused of playing part in ‘public order violations’

Dzmitry Kazlou aka Grey Cat, a Youtuber from the town of Baran, has become a defendant in a case under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organisation or participation in group actions that grossly violate public order), he said in a letter to human rights defender Pavel Levinau.

30.06.2020

Amnesty International: Bloggers and activists arrested in purge ahead of the presidential election must be released

Responding to the news that at least three more prominent Belarusian bloggers — Ihar Losik, Syarhei Pyatrukhin and Syarhei Sparish— were arrested on Thursday, as part of a crackdown ahead of the presidential election on 9 August, Aisha Jung, Amnesty International’s Senior Campaigner on Belarus, said:

Amnesty International calls Tsikhanouski, Babaryka, associates and bloggers prisoners of conscience 30.06.2020

Amnesty International calls Tsikhanouski, Babaryka, associates and bloggers prisoners of conscience

The Belarusian authorities “must end politically motivated prosecutions, intimidation, harassment and reprisals against Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s opponents and their supporters, civil society activists and independent media,” Amnesty International said.

29.06.2020

Bloggers Tsyhanovich and Kabanau recognized as political prisoners

The human rights community of Belarus has recognized the blogger of MozgON YouTube channel Uladzimir Tsyhanovich and Brest blogger Alyaksandr Kabanau as political prisoners, spring96.org reports.

STATEMENT: BAJ outraged at arrest of bloggers, and calls on the authorities to abide by international standards and obligations 29.06.2020

STATEMENT: BAJ outraged at arrest of bloggers, and calls on the authorities to abide by international standards and obligations

In the past few days Belarus authorities arrested well-known political bloggers and Telegram channel authors Ihar Losik ( Belarus Golovnogo Mozga), Siarhei Piatrukhin, Aliaksandr Kabanau, Aliaksandr Andreyeu (Orsha dlia Zhizni), Uladzimir Niaronski (Slutsk dlia Zhizni;), Uladzimir Tsyhanovich (MozgON) and Siarhei Sparysh (moderator of Telegram channels of the Narodnaya Hramada party organizing committee).

26.06.2020

Statement Publishers Council of the Local Newspaper Association in support of Belarusian colleagues

 Statement Publishers Council of the Local Newspaper Association in support of Belarusian colleagues

Youtube bloggers Siarhei Piatrukhin and MozgON under crmininal investigation 26.06.2020

Youtube bloggers Siarhei Piatrukhin and MozgON under crmininal investigation

A criminal investigator informed Viasna member Uladzimir Vialichkin, on June 25 Brest blogger Siarhei Piatrukhin was sent to a temporary detention facility in Minsk. He is arrested along with Siarhei Tsikhanouski and at least another 10 people in a criminal case under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code initiated after the events in Hrodna on May 29.

Blogger Ihar Losik detained on back of Lukashenka’s blasting Telegram 25.06.2020

Blogger Ihar Losik detained on back of Lukashenka’s blasting Telegram

On Thursday afternoon, law enforcers showed a search warrant to blogger Ihar Losik, who is also an administrator of popular Telegram channel Беларусь головного мозга (Belarus Of The Brain). After the search, Losik was detained..