BAJ statement: Verdicts in the “BelaPAN case” are revenge for professional activity and position

The Minsk Regional Court sentenced journalists of the oldest independent news agency BelaPAN to long terms of imprisonment.


Defendants in BelaPAN case sentenced to 4 to 14 years of prison

On 6 October, the Minsk Regional Court announced the sentences for the four defendants in the case of the BelaPAN independent news agency. Political prisoners will have to spend the next few years behind bars.


KGB puts political prisoner Andrei Pachobut on “terrorist list”

The State Security Committee of Belarus (KGB) has updated the list of organizations and individuals involved in terrorist activities. At present, there are 922 people on the list, including Andrei Pachobut, a journalist and leader of the Union of Poles in Belarus. He was added to the list on 4 October.


Ex-state media journalist Dzmitry Semchanka sentenced to 13 more days of arrest

On 3 October, the Frunzenski District Court of Minsk sentenced a former All-National TV political observer and former head of the “presidential pool” of journalists to another round of administrative arrest.


Top Belarusian and Ukrainian media use the Russian language a lot – can they abandon it?

Even amidst Russia’s invasion, the Russian language is difficult to abandon for Ukrainian media – and more so for Belarusian outlets


Journalist Ksenia Lutskina sentenced to 8 years in prison

Judge Tatsiana Falkouskaya passed the verdict today.


“They hold up well and don’t lose hope.” Latest news from imprisoned journalists

As of today, the Belarusian authorities hold 31 journalists behind bars. BAJ got in touch with relatives, friends, and colleagues of most imprisoned journalists and collected the latest news from them.


Journalist Pavel Mazheika recognized as political prisoner

The Belarusian human rights community issued a joint statement on September 20.