State Monopolist Repeatedly Refuses Services to Independent Newspaper
On August 31, the newspaper Novy Chas again requested for services of Belsayuzdruk, state distributor of printed press.
Mass Media Week in Belarus Info-posting August 17 – September 7, 2015
At the end of August, six political prisoners were released, including BAJ member Yauhen Vaskovich. Meantime, pressure on independent mass media, including prosecution under art. 22.9, denial of services and interference into work of journalists at task continued in its ordinary manner.
Five Years Ago Aleh Byabenin Died
Aleh Byabenin died in suspicious circumstances. On 3 September 2010, he was found by his brother and his friends hanging from the stairway of his country house outside of Minsk.
Monitoring: The Coverage of the 2015 Presidential Election in the Belarusian Media (17–31 August, 2015)
Yauhen Vaskovich Released
On August 22, Aliaksandr Lukashenka released six political prisoners, including BAJ member Yauhen Vaskovich.
Two Journalists Fined in Hrodna
On August 19, journalists Ales Kirkevich and Ales Dzianisau were found guilty of violating art. 22.9 of the Administrative Code and fined 25 basic amounts each (4.5 million rubles).
Mass Media Week in Belarus Info-posting July 27 – August 16, 2015
The reporting period was marked by intensive correspondence with executive and judicial institutions who were telling they could not help prosecuting freelance journalists under article 22.9, did not want to do anything to state monopolists, did not want to provide information to independent press; luckily, police in Mahilow do not know how to draw up documents correctly, through which two cases against journalists were closed.
Strategic lines of activities for BAJ in 2015 – 2017
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