Фота Ірыны Арахоўскай, "Наша Ніва" 09.06.2016

Blogger Sues BT for Infringement of Copyright

On June 9, the Supreme Court held the preliminary hearing into the case filed by blogger Anton Motolko against the Belarusian TV and Radio Company. The blogger accuses the state-run TV channel that it had used his photos of polar shining without the author’s consent.


Founder of 1863x Blog Faces Five Years in Prison

The Investigative Committee published some details of the case of John Silver (Eduard Palchys) who has been extradited from Russia and is prosecuted for inciting hatred.


Founder of pro-opposition website extradited from Russia to Belarus

Minsk, 7 June. The founder of Belarusian pro-opposition website has been extradited from Russia to Belarus, a spokesperson for the Belarusian Prosecutor General's Office told BelaPAN on Tuesday.

Мінгарсуд адмяніў рашэнне па справе мінчука, які нібыта зняважыў прэзідэнта 06.06.2016

Court to Review Case of Insult against Public Officials

On June 3, the Minsk City Court heard the cassation appeal of 79-year old Aliaksandr Lapitski who had been found guilty of insulting public officials and sentenced to psychiatric treatment.

Агнешка Рамашэўская, фота БелаПАН 02.06.2016

Belsat Director in a Public Meeting at Press Club in Minsk

“Minsk is changing a lot, and there is a drastic difference between the capital and the province” this is how Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy formulated her fresh impressions from Belarus. It is the second time in the decade that Mrs Romaszewska visits Belarus: after she was deported in 2005, for ten years she had been denied a visa to Belarus. On May 31, the Press Club Belarus held a public meeting with Belsat director, after she made a trip to the north of the country and before another trip to southern regions. She told about nowadays Belsat, their expectations, and answered the questions of the public.

Супольная пазіцыя беларускіх праваабаронцаў напярэдадні чарговага раунда Дыялога па правах чалавека ЕС - Беларусь 25.05.2016

Common position of Belarusian human rights defenders ahead of the next round of the EU-Belarus human rights dialogue

Belarusian human rights organizations welcome the continuation of the EU-Belarus human rights dialogue. On the eve of its next round, we call on the parties to keep the issues of human rights high on the agenda in building relationships between the European Union and Belarus and announce our common position on human rights in Belarus.

Internet Governance Forum Held in Minsk 19.05.2016

Internet Governance Forum Held in Minsk

Internet Governance Forums are taking place all over the wold, under the auspices of the UN. On May 17, IGF was held for the first time in Minsk. The aim of the forum is to enhance partnership of the state, businesses and civil society in solving key issues affecting development of the web.

Reporter Gets Moral Damage Compensation for Unlawful Imprisonment in KGB 17.05.2016

Reporter Gets Moral Damage Compensation for Unlawful Imprisonment in KGB

In 2012, a reporter and then a student of journalism department Anton Surapin spent a month in the KGB detention center for allegedly aiding the teddy bear air drop team.

Amendments to Internet Control Prepared Secretly from the Public 16.05.2016

Amendments to Internet Control Prepared Secretly from the Public

On April 21, in the annual speech addressed to the Belarusian people, Aliaksandr Lukashenko told that the Ministry of Information had been charged with a task to draft a new law to control the Internet.


Press Freedom Week in Review

In the first week of May, Belarus celebrated a whole bunch of holidays, and press freedom day was not an exception. Although, there is not much freedom of the press here, as Freedom House described it in the recent report, and the media environment is not normal, as IREX aptly noticed, Belarusian journalists still enjoy enough freedom to talk about freedom, and that was the highlight of May 3rd.