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01.12.2022

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya: “Strong democracy cannot be built without independent media”

The leader of Belarusian democratic forces Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya issued a statement to be presented at the Free Journalism Forum in Vilnius (Lithuania), in which she addressed Belarusian journalists. In the video, she declared her commitment to critical comments and mentioned those behind bars.

BAJ, Viasna and ABF start collecting humanitarian aid for Ukraine in Vilnius 01.12.2022

BAJ, Viasna and ABF start collecting humanitarian aid for Ukraine in Vilnius

Everyone can join: bring the things and food from the list or make a donation.

30.11.2022

Ten years of imprisonment: Supreme Court dismisses Aliaksandr Fiaduta’s appeal

On 29 November, the Supreme Court of Belarus considered the appeal of political scientist Aliaksandr  Fiaduta challenging his sentence for “attempted coup d’etat.” As the human rights activists predicted, the appeal was denied, and the verdict was upheld – 10 years of imprisonment.

30.11.2022

Dzianis Ivashyn preventively registered as extremism-prone

Human rights activists found out that last spring Hrodna prison administration preventively registered journalist Dzianis Ivashyn as “prone to extremism and other destructive actions.” It is known that almost all political prisoners have such a status, which once again proves the political motivation behind the criminal prosecution of Ivashyn.

30.11.2022

Lukashenka's press corps ex-reporter recognized as political prisoner

Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community

24.11.2022

August2020 Instagram page deemed extremist

The August2020 project was created by a group of independent journalists and volunteers to collect and publish the stories of people tortured by security forces, reports Viasna Human Rights Center.

24.11.2022

Hrodna.life declared “extremist formation”

Belarusian authorities have updated the List of Organizations, Formations, and Individual Entrepreneurs Involved in Extremist Activities. Another media outlet, Hrodna.life, was added to it. The updated list is published on the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

17.11.2022

Vitsebsk journalist fined $1,200

The Pershamaiski District Court of Vitsebsk found Zhanna Ivanova (Zhalevich) guilty of unauthorized protest under Article 24.23 of the Administrative Offenses Code.

09.11.2022

Italy: Open letter to Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in support of Roberto Saviano

On 15 November 2022, writer, journalist, and PEN award winner Roberto Saviano will stand trial in Rome on charges of defaming Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s Prime Minister and leader of Brothers of Italy, a party with neo-fascist roots, over a speech that criticized the far-right leader after she said that NGO boats attempting to rescue refugees in the central Mediterranean should be sunk and migrants left adrift at sea. Saviano is being sued under Article 595 of the Italian Penal Code, which carries up to three years in prison.

09.11.2022

Norwegian journalists express solidarity with Yauhen Merkis

Last weekend Norwegian Association of Journalists in Bergen gathered its activists for the conference Hauststormen (Autumn Storm) to discuss working issues and plans for the future. Our fellow journalists are aware of repressions against Belarusian journalists and organize campaigns in their support.