"Белтелеком" озвучил статистику интернет-трафика в Беларуси 21.01.2016

Russian Content Cedes Positions in Belarus

According to Beltelecom data, foreign websites make 95 per cent of online traffic in Belarus.


Freelancer in Homel Gets the Second Fine in a Month

On January 20, the court of Karma district (Homel region) fined freelancer Kastus Zhukouski for 30 basic amounts.


Freelancer Fined in Homel

The Judge of Kalinkavichy district court Liudmila Savastijanava found freelancer Kastus Zhukouski guilty of violating article 22.9 of the Code of Administrative Violations, and fined him for 35 b.a. (7 mln 350 thousand BR, or around 330 euro).


Andrei Bastunets: Press freedom has never been easy in Belarus

Mapping Media Freedom correspondent Volha Siakhovich spoke to Andrei Bastunets, chairpersion of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, about the state of press freedom in Belarus.


NGO Assembly Picks Leaders of the Civil Society

On January 15, the Assembly of Nongovernmental Organizations held the 7th awarding ceremony for the prize “Champions of the Civil Society”.


EFJ president: It is worrying that the government is renewing this bad practice with a new wave of prosecution against freelance journalists”

Belarus continues its bad practice by handing over the first fine of the year on 13 January to freelance journalist, Larysa Shchyrakova, for working with “foreign media”. Following the ruling, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) have called for an immediate appeal of the ruling and urged the government to scrap the existing law.

Ларыса Шчыракова 13.01.2016

The First Fine to a Freelance Journalist in 2016: 22 base amounts

A journalist and a BAJ member Larysa Shchyrakova has been fined by Homiel District Court 22 base amounts (4 million 620 thousand Belarusian rubles – around EUR 225). She was found guilty of breaking article 22.9 of Belarusian Code on Administrative Offenses (‘Illegal Production and Violation of Mass Media Products’). De-facto, she was punished for cooperation with a foreign media outlet without accreditation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. The case was considered by the judge Aliaksandr Lisouski on January 13, 2016.


BAJ Appeals to President's Administration Regarding Persecution of Freelancers

The Belarusian Association of Journalists sent a request to the President’s Administration with the view to clarifying the reasons for the renewed persecution against some journalists under article 22.9.


ONT TV Channel Ignored Entrepreneurs in Brest

Traders of the Brest market TSUM invited correspondents of the ONT TV channel to express their point of view on the situation concerning the market of goods, which in fact ceased its work after the New Year holidays.

Larysa Shchyrakova 04.01.2016

Freelance Journalists Face another Wave of Prosecution in Belarus: Police Report Made against Larysa Shchyrakova (Homiel)

The Belarusian official authorities have started a new wave of pressure on independent journalists. The previous repressive trend was suspended, following the promises, given by the President of Belarus A. Lukashenka, to look into the problem in August 2015.