Journalists Padabed and Lazarau recognised as political prisoners

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community


Rehijanalnaja Hazeta’s editor-in-chief criminally charged and put in custody

According to BAJ sources, a criminal case has been started against Aliaksandr Mantsevich, the founder and editor-in-chief of Rehijanalnaja Hazeta. The details of the charges are unknown since the lawyer signed a non-disclosure plea.


Journalists Dzmitry Semchanka and Henadz Mazheika sentenced to 3 years in prison for inciting enmity

On March 23, in separate hearings, Minsk City Court sentenced Dzmitry Semchanka, a former All-national TV anchor, and Komsomolskaya Pravda correspondent Henadz Mazheika to three years in prison for "inciting enmity" against public officials.


Help for the family of Sergei Satsuk, political prisoner investigative journalist

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All-National TV anchor Dzmitry Semchanka's trial starts today

On 21 March, the trial of political TV commentator Dzmitry Semchanka started at Minsk City Court. The well-known regime promoter and head of the presidential pool of journalists was accused of "incitement of social hatred" by means of derogatory comments in Telegram groups. The maximum penalty under this article is up to five years in prison


Journalist Ihar Losik attempts suicide in jail

Political prisoner Ihar Losik attempted suicide in the correctional facility, as reported by the Viasna human rights center.


Two TUT.BY media workers sentenced to 12 years in prison, three more wanted

On 17 March, Minsk City Court read out the sentence in the TUT.BY case.


Infa-Kurier's editor-in-chief and his deputy detained for 15 days for defying police

Slutsk District Court arrested the chief editor and owner of Infa-Kurier, Siarhei Stankevich, and his deputy Aleh Rubchenia for 15 days for defying the police, the Belarusian Association of Journalists reports.


Valeryia Kastsiuhova and Tatsiana Kuzina sentenced to 10 years in prison

On 17 March, Minsk City Court supported the prosecutor's request and sentenced media expert Valeryia Kastsiuhova and public administration manager Tatsiana Kuzina to 10 years in a general-regime correctional facility. The trial was held behind closed doors.


Harsh sentences for Maryna Zolatava and Ludmila Chekina avenge the truth TUT.BY delivered to millions

Minsk City Court considered in camera the criminal case against the editor-in-chief of the largest Belarusian media outlet TUT.BY, Maryna Zolatava, and TUT.BY CEO Ludmila Chekina. Judge Valiantsina Ziankevich found the TUT.BY workers guilty and imposed huge sentences: Maryna Zolatava received 12 years of imprisonment, Ludmila Chekina – 12 years of imprisonment.