Belarusian journalists win action against Belarus
The UN Human Rights Committee considered a complaint of four Belarusian journalists and found Belarus guilty of violating their right to seek and impart information, enshrined in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
EX-PRESS.BY independent media deprived of domain name
The Belarusian Association of Journalists became aware of another case of extrajudicial deprivation of the domain name of a non-state media outlet in the Belarusian segment of the Internet. This time the editorial board of EX-PRESS.BY came under attack, an Internet resource reporting on the events in Barysau and Zhodzina.
"Extremist" media to lose Belarusian domain names
A number of independent publications have already been included in the list of "extremist organizations" based exclusively on a decision of the State Security Committee, and now the authorities have decided to deprive the editorial offices of their Belarusian domain names.
Jubilee behind bars: Larysa Shchyrakova turns 50
13 April marked the 50th anniversary of Larysa Shchyrakova, a Homel journalist and local historian. However, it is impossible to congratulate Larysa in person, as she will celebrate her anniversary behind bars.
Guarantors for TUT.BY case defenders fined $7,300
According to the Belarusian Association of Journalists, on 10 April Minsk City Court considered the cases of the persons who acted as guarantors of defendants’ appearance in court in the TUT.BY case. TUT.BY staff members Alena Talkachova and Volha Loika were released from custody on the guarantee of their appearance in court. The guarantors were punished with fines, since the journalists ended up leaving the country before the criminal trial.
Media manager Kanstantsin Zalatykh sentenced to 4 years in prison
The trial against Kanstantsin Zalatykh, director of the economic newspaper Belorusy i Rynok, was held behind closed doors, Euroradio reports.
The most dangerous country in Europe for journalists
There are at least 33 journalists currently locked up inside Belarusian prisons. Reporters without Borders describes Belarus as Europe's most dangerous country for journalists, writes Steve Cannane is the ABC's Europe bureau chief in London.
Aliaksandr Mantsevich charged with "spreading false information"
This is reported by the Investigative Committee. Editor-in-chief of Rehijanalnaja Hazeta, Aliaksandr Mantsevich, is accused of "spreading deliberately false information defaming Belarus and its authorities."
“I see contradictory attitudes towards Belarusians.” Hot topics at Kyiv press conference
The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) organized a round-table discussion in Kyiv about repressions and the situation with the independent media in Belarus. But the debate among the participants continued on other important issues, mainly the representation of Belarus and Belarusians in the Ukrainian media and why it is beneficial for Belarusians and Ukrainians to support each other despite the factors that drive them apart.
Journalists Padabed and Lazarau recognised as political prisoners
Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community