Jamie Fly, Radio Liberty president: “We’ll go back to Minsk to reopen our office. It’s just a matter of time”

The new office of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that opened a few days ago in Vilnius will focus on covering developments in Belarus. Jamie Fly, president of the radio station, told BAJ about his team’s mission and why attempts to regulate information are doomed to failure.


Journalist couple Sniazhana Inanets and Aliaksandr Lychauka punished with home confinement

On 13 January, the Pershamaiski District Court of Minsk pronounced the final verdict on journalists Sniazhana Inanets and Aliaksandr Lychauka. Both were sentenced to freedom restriction for participation in unsanctioned mass events. They had spent over three months in custody.


Human Rights Prize awarded to Aksana Kolb, Nasta Loyka, and Committee for Torture Investigation

On 11 January, Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House hosted an awarding ceremony in Vilnius. The event was supposed to happen on December 10, International Human Rights Day, but was postponed due to the death of Belarusian Helsinki Committee chair Aleh Hulak.


International Press Institute condemns criminal action against TUT.BY journalists

Editor-in-chief and executive director accused of 'incitement to hatred'


Trial in TUT.BY case starts behind closed doors

On 9 January, the TUT.BY case will be heard in the Minsk City Court. Ludmila Chekina, TUT.BY Media CEO, and Maryna Zolatava, TUT.BY editor-in-chief, are in the dock. The trial will be held in camera and considered by Judge Valiantsina Ziankevich.


Love behind bars: dozens of Belarusian families in jail “over politics”

There are at least 1,452 political prisoners in Belarus today, and this number is growing every day. Whole families often find themselves behind bars. Below, you will find stories of imprisoned journalists whose partners ended up in jail, too.


Trade union newsletter editor sentenced to 8 years in prison

On 5 January, activists of the Belarusian independent trade unions were awarded tough sentences. Journalist, publicist, and political analyst Vatslau Areshka is one of the convicts. The human rights community recognized all defendants as political prisoners.


Nobel Prize Winner Byalyatski Faces Trial In Belarus

The trial of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ales Byalyatski and three other defendants is scheduled to open in a Minsk court on January 5. 


Trial in “ case” to begin on 9 January

According to the Viasna Human Rights Center, the Minsk City Court will start considering the “ case” on January 9. The session will be held in camera by Judge Valiantsina Ziankevich.


"He has not lost his trademark sense of humor." Media manager Kanstantsin Zalatykh awaiting trial

For more than six months, political prisoner and director of the Belorusy i rynok weekly, Kanstantsin Zalatykh, has remained behind bars.