According to article 23.33 of the Administrative Code,the non-state newspaper can be fined for up to 500 basic amounts (90 million rubles, more than 5,000 eur).
Tatsiana Smotkina was fined for 4.5 million rubles under art. 22.9 (illegal production and distribution of mass media products).
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.