A court verdict to seize the ‘Belsat’ equipment has been announced within a case on the ‘Belsat’ trademark copyright by Anastasiya Papko, the judge of Piershamayski City District of Minsk.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists considers a court decision on the case of ‘Belsat’ TV journalist Aliaksandr Barazenka to be unfair and oppressing freedom of speech in the country.
Names of journalists, judges, dates, sums of fines imposed on journalists in 2014 - 2016 for administrative article 22.9 (unlawful production and distribution of mass media products).
The President of Belarus Aliaksandar Lukashenka appointed Aliaksandar Karliukevich to hold the position of Belarus' Minister of Information on September 28, 2017. Previously the latter worked as Deputy Minister of Information, BelTA reports.
The judge of Petrykau District Court Andrei Bahdanik found a freelance journalist from Homiel Kastus Zhukouski guilty of ‘illegal production of mass media products’ for ‘Belsat’ TV channel on the grounds of article 22.9 part 2 of Belarus Code on Administrative Offenses and fined him 40 base amounts that equals 920 Belarusian rubles (around EUR 400).
The Dutch Journalists Frightened by Sergeant with Shooting while Reporting from ‘Zakhad-2017’ Military Exercises
Journalists from a Dutch publication have visited Uladzimir Skrabatun, the Editor-in-chief of ‘Volnaye Hlybokaye’ newspaper, searching for more information about the ‘Zakhad-2017’ military exercises. The Editor got them acquainted with a local freelance reporter Zmitsier Lupach and asked the latter to accompany the guests in the town of Hlybokaye.
Two police reports have been drawn up in relation to a journalist Maryna Drabysheuskaya, who cooperates with ‘Belsat’ TV channel and ‘Novy Chas’ newspaper, for the alleged ‘illegal production of mass media product’ (article 22.9 of Belarus Code on Administrative Offenses) in Homiel since recently.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists Requested the Presidential Administration to Defend Journalists
The BAJ has addressed to the Head of Presidential Administration Natallia Kachanava with a request to facilitate termination of prosecution in relation to freelance journalists. The latter have been put on trial 35 times since the year start. Among other, the appeal contains a statement about illegality of bringing journalists to administrative responsibility, basing on article 22.9 of Belarus Code of Administrative Offenses.
The list includes incidents which the Belarusian Association of Journalists regards as violations of journalists' rights, committed by representatives of the authorities. * CoAV – Code of Administrative Violations art. 23.4 – Disobedience to police’s demands art. 23.34 – Violating the procedure for organizing or holding a mass event art. 22.9 – The law stipulates that a foreign mass medium’s journalist means “a natural person engaged in collection, editing, creation (preparation) of informational reports and/or materials for a legal person which is entrusted with functions of the editorial board of the mass medium, registered outside the Republic of Belarus, who is connected with this legal person through labor relations and has accreditation in the Republic of Belarus.” art. 17. 1 – Minor hooliganism. art. 24.6 - Evasion of appearing to the investigative or judicial execution body upon a summons without a reasonable excuse.