The report summarises the findings of the monitoring of the 2019 parliamentary election coverage in Belarusian media.
On November 21, journalist Uladzimir Chudzyantsou was removed from a train at the Belarusian-Polish border. The authorities claim that Belarusian border guards found 0.87 grams of marijuana in his personal belongings. Moreover, a search was conducted in his flat and ‘some two packages’ were reportedly seized, the journalist’s mother said.
The statement of the Coordination Committee of The Belarusian National Platform the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum on the 2019 Belarusian parliamentary election
Minsk 21 October 2019 The Coordination Committee of The BNP EaP CSF, in which more than 80 civil society organisations are included based on:
Reporters were not allowed to shoot or were put in conditions which made it impossible to work. Here are some facts from the recent election coverage.
Curbs on constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and concerns over procedural integrity tarnish early parliamentary elections in Belarus even as candidate numbers rise, international observers say
Fundamental freedoms were disregarded and the integrity of the election process was not adequately safeguarded in the early parliamentary elections in Belarus even as the number of registered candidates increased, international observers concluded in a preliminary statement published today
On November 14, the Belarusian Association of Journalists presented the second stage of its Monitoring of the Media Coverage of the Parliamentary Elections-2019.
Situation in Mass Media Field in July – September 2019. The situation in the Belarusian mass media field has remained calm on the eve of Parliamentary elections, which were scheduled for November 17, 2019. However, at least two journalists faced personal threats, which lacked investigation within the reporting period. After more than a three-month-long pause there were registered new cases of persecution of freelance journalists for their cooperation with foreign media. Claims were filed against several online media outlets to protect the honor and dignity of certain officials, but the cases are expected to be considered in court in November 2019.
November 12 Minsk district court considered a defamation action brought by the chairman of the Slonim district executive committee Henadz Khomich against Stsiapan Putsila, owner of Nexta channel in Telegram.
Bialynichy District Court imposed a penalty on Mahiliou journalist Darya Chultsova for a video story about the newly appointed Belarus' chief ideologist Andrei Kuntsevych that she had allegedly made for Belsat TV channel.