On August 31, the newspaper Novy Chas again requested for services of Belsayuzdruk, state distributor of printed press.
At the end of August, six political prisoners were released, including BAJ member Yauhen Vaskovich. Meantime, pressure on independent mass media, including prosecution under art. 22.9, denial of services and interference into work of journalists at task continued in its ordinary manner.
Aleh Byabenin died in suspicious circumstances. On 3 September 2010, he was found by his brother and his friends hanging from the stairway of his country house outside of Minsk.
On August 22, Aliaksandr Lukashenka released six political prisoners, including BAJ member Yauhen Vaskovich.
On August 19, journalists Ales Kirkevich and Ales Dzianisau were found guilty of violating art. 22.9 of the Administrative Code and fined 25 basic amounts each (4.5 million rubles).
The reporting period was marked by intensive correspondence with executive and judicial institutions who were telling they could not help prosecuting freelance journalists under article 22.9, did not want to do anything to state monopolists, did not want to provide information to independent press; luckily, police in Mahilow do not know how to draw up documents correctly, through which two cases against journalists were closed.
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