Statement of the Belarusian Association of Journalists
September 23 Nasha Niva editor in chief Yahor Martsinovich was detained on suspicion of defamation in the article mentioning the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Alexander Barsukou. The apartment of the journalist was searched.
Yahor Martsinovich is placed in custody for three days.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists stands for decriminalization of defamation, in its essence.
In the criminal prosecution of Yahor Martsinovich, we see manifestation of censorship and abuse of the legal norms aimed at restriction of the freedom of speech.
We demand the immediate release of Yahor Martsinovich and dismissal of the criminal proceedings!
Belarusian Association of Journalists