The sum of fines imposed on journalists under art. 22.9 of the Administrative Code already reached 137 million rubles, which is over 8000 euro.
Belarusian Association of Journalists strongly protests against the increasing administrative prosecution of freelance journalists whose materials are published in foreign mass media.
BAJ Statement: 15 Years since Abduction of Dzmitry Zavadski
On July 2, the judge of the Lenin court in Brest fined Ales Liauchuk, non-staff journalist of BelaPAN, with the maximum penalty (50 basic amounts) according to administrative art. 22.9.
The figure was mentioned by Information Minister Liliya Ananich at the press conference on June 30.
At the EFJ Annual Meeting in Budva, Montenegro, June 1 - 2, EFJ made a statement on the situation of freelancers in Belarus.
Almost ten years ago, before the electoral campaign in 2006, several independent socio-political newspapers were excluded from distribution catalogues of Belposhta and Belsayuzdruk, postal and distribution monopolists in Belarus.
The Supreme Court of Belarus calls on the Polish authorities to ban Belsat TV from using its trade mark.