Love behind bars: dozens of Belarusian families in jail “over politics”

There are at least 1,452 political prisoners in Belarus today, and this number is growing every day. Whole families often find themselves behind bars. Below, you will find stories of imprisoned journalists whose partners ended up in jail, too.


Trade union newsletter editor sentenced to 8 years in prison

On 5 January, activists of the Belarusian independent trade unions were awarded tough sentences. Journalist, publicist, and political analyst Vatslau Areshka is one of the convicts. The human rights community recognized all defendants as political prisoners.


Nobel Prize Winner Byalyatski Faces Trial In Belarus

The trial of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ales Byalyatski and three other defendants is scheduled to open in a Minsk court on January 5. 


Trial in “ case” to begin on 9 January

According to the Viasna Human Rights Center, the Minsk City Court will start considering the “ case” on January 9. The session will be held in camera by Judge Valiantsina Ziankevich.


"He has not lost his trademark sense of humor." Media manager Kanstantsin Zalatykh awaiting trial

For more than six months, political prisoner and director of the Belorusy i rynok weekly, Kanstantsin Zalatykh, has remained behind bars.


Repressions against journalists and media in Belarus 2022

Mass media in Belarus in 2022. Annual review Repressions against journalists in Belarus, 2021 (chart) Mass media in Belarus in 2021. Annual review Repressions against journalists in Belarus, 2020 (chart)

Ways to support independent media on February 9. And every day 31.12.2022

Ways to support independent media on February 9. And every day

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya made a global call to support independent media and journalists on the International Day of Solidarity with Belarus (February 9). February 9 will mark 1.5 years of peaceful protest against violence, lawlessness, and state terror in Belarus. "While the resistance of millions of Belarusians continues underground in various creative forms, independent media are at the forefront of the struggle. Courageous journalists, bloggers, and influential media figures keep up working in the country and exile, despite severe repression and personal insecurity."


Journalist Ivan Muraujou sentenced to 2.5 years in prison

A sentence has been passed on journalist, cameraman, and founder of Hookah No. 1 restaurant Ivan Muraujou. According to BAJ, he was found guilty of participating in an extremist formation and sentenced to 2.5 years imprisonment.


Larysa Shchyrakova's son no longer in child care home

The son of detained ex-journalist Larysa Shchyrakova finally returned home, her family reported.


Journalist Yauhen Merkis spends four days in punishment cell

The political prisoner was put into segregation for "being unshaven." Now, he is in a regular cell and is feeling fine, Shtodnya reports.