Nasha Niva team members — its chief editor Yahor Martsinovich, chief editor of Nasha Historia magazine Andrei Dynko, head of NN advertising and marketing department Andrei Skurko and its accountant Volha Rakovich — have not been released within 72 hours since their arrest, reports BelaPAN news agency.
Nasha Niva editor-in-chief Yahor Martsinovich was beaten during the detention, and received a head injury, reported in the editorial office of NN.
Raids targeting journalists continued for a second day in Belarus on Friday.
The authorities raided the homes and offices and detained my regional journalists yesterday.
Minsk, 8 July. Belarus’ authorities on Thursday blocked access to Naša Niva’s website and made arrests and conducted raids in what appeared to be a crackdown on the popular independent online publication.
On May 18, 2021, the authorities sealed the office of the largest independent online media in Belarus — TUT.BY, detained everyone who was there and blocked access to the website. 15 people are still under arrest: current and former employees of TUT.BY, and its partners. According to the State Control Committee, a criminal case has been opened against the executives of TUT BY MEDIA LLC. It is Article 243 part 2 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus — «taxes and fees evasion at especially large scale». The process of declaring the informational products of the portal as extremist materials has also begun. Most of the editorial staff were forced to leave the country. All this time, the news of the portal is published only in official media accounts on social media and Telegram. Part of the team decided to continue full-fledged work on covering the situation in the country and is launching its own media — Zerkalo.io.