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Investigative Committee cooperates with pro-governmental Belarusian Union of Journalists 18.01.2021

Investigative Committee cooperates with pro-governmental Belarusian Union of Journalists

The Investigative Committee of Belarus works in collaboration with the National Committee to Protect Journalists of the Belarusian Union of Journalists, as well as the "Authorized Representative for the Protection of Journalists" of BUJ Alexander Shpakouski.

Police search office of BelaPAN news agency 14.01.2021

Police search office of BelaPAN news agency

No one was detained. Investigative Committee officers seized equipment from the office. The search was done as part of the case journalist Andrei Aliaksandrau.

13.01.2021

Criminal case started against journalist and media manager Andrei Aliaksandrau

Andrei Aliaksandrau was detained in a criminal case, started by Minsk city department of the Investigative Committee,  said Aliaksandrau's lawyer. Andrei Alexandrov is a suspect under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus "Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them."

Repressions against journalists in Belarus, 2021 (chart) 13.01.2021

Repressions against journalists in Belarus, 2021 (chart)

FIGURES OF THE YEAR. Repression of media and journalists in Belarus in 2020 Repressions against journalists in Belarus, 2020 (chart) In 2020, 480 detentions of journalists were recorded; In 2020, there were 97 cases of journalists serving administrative arrests; In 2020, journalists spent more than 1,200 days behind bars; In 2020, after election day on August 9, at least 62 cases of physical violence against journalists were recorded. The list includes incidents which the Belarusian Association of Journalists regards as violations of journalists' rights, committed by representatives of the authorities. The following journalists are in jail at the moment: Katsiaryna  Barysevich Katsiaryna Andreyeva Daria Chultsova Yulia Slutskaya Alla Sharko Siarhei Alsheuski Petr Slutski Ksenia Lutskina Andrei Aliaksandrau

13.01.2021

Case of Belsat's Andreyeva and Chultsova brought to court

On January 12 Frunzenski district court of Minsk received the criminal case of Belsat journalists Katsiaryna Andreyeva (Bakhvalava) and Daria Chultsova.

First trial in ‘Tsikhanouski case’ starts in Belarus 13.01.2021

First trial in ‘Tsikhanouski case’ starts in Belarus

Political prisoner, author of YouTube channel “Slutsk for Life,” Uladzimir Nyaronski is standing trial in Lahoisk. This is the first trial in the “Tsikhanouski case,” reports Spring96.org

Jailed Belsat TV journo may stand trial soon, family says 12.01.2021

Jailed Belsat TV journo may stand trial soon, family says

The probe into Katsyaryna Andreyeva’s case might have been completed, her husband, investigative journalist Ihar Ilyash, surmised after reading the latest letter from the wife. As Andreyeva’s defence lawyers had to sign gag orders, they have no right to inform anyone (even her relatives) about the course and details of the investigation. However, in the letter Ilyash received on Ianuary 9, the imprisoned journalist wrote that she was awaiting the transfer to Minsk. “As it follows from the context of the letter, she talks about transporting her to court. It is quite logical: Katsyaryna was put in Zhodzina [remand prison] for the time of the investigation. As she has grounds to count on being transferred to Minsk, it means that the investigation has been over and one might expecte that she will be tried soon,” Ihar Ilyash said. However, it has not been reported officially whether and when the transfer and the trial will take place. “I don’t even make any projections for the future. I am ready for anything. It is pretty hard to surprise me now,” Katsyaryna Andreyeva says in her letter.

Jailed Belarusian blogger Ihar Losik on hunger strike for 28 days 12.01.2021

Jailed Belarusian blogger Ihar Losik on hunger strike for 28 days

Political prisoner Ihar Losik remains behind bars so far: on January 11, a Minsk court dismissed a complaint filed by his defence lawyer and let the detainer stand, RFE/RL reports.