Minsk, 9 August. Judge Hanna Sakaloŭskaja of the Supreme Court of Belarus on Monday ordered the Belarusian PEN Center liquidated at the request of the justice ministry, according to the organization’s deputy chairperson, Tacciana Niadbaj.
BAJ presents data on an unprecedented wave of repression against the media in Belarus.
Minsk, 5 August. Dzmitryj Dzmitryjeŭ, a photojournalist with the newspaper Novy Čas, was sentenced to 15 days in jail on Thursday on a charge of disobeying police orders, reported the publication.
Minsk, 2 August. Siarhiej Hardzijevič, a reporter with the website Pieršy Rehijon that covers local news in the Brest region, was sentenced Monday to 18 months in a minimum-security correctional institution for allegedly insulting and defaming Aliaksandr Lukašenka, as well as insulting two police officers in a Telegram chat, reported Pieršy Rehijon.
On July 30, BAJ received a letter from the Supreme Court with the date of the preliminary hearing on the liquidation of BAJ.
Andrej Skurko, head of the online publication Naša Niva’s advertising and marketing department, has been diagnosed with pneumonia.
Minsk, 27 July. Andrej Skurko, head of the online publication Naša Niva’s advertising and marketing department, has been admitted to the medical unit of Pretrial Detention Center No. 1 in Minsk with “structural changes to the lungs” and suspected COVID-19.
Website run by Belsat TV, its Telegram channel and sites on social media services declared extremist
Minsk, 27 July. The news website run by Belsat TV, its Telegram channel and its sites on Facebook, VKontakte and Instagram have been declared extremist in Belarus.
Minsk, 23 July. Belarus’ authorities have launched a process to liquidate dozens of NGOs, including key human rights groups, as they continue their unrelenting crackdown on civil society.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) has expressed its intention to appeal the justice ministry’s warning used as a reason for a lawsuit seeing the organization’s closure.