Freelance Journalist Beaten and Detained for Streaming from Polling Station in Minsk, to Be Put on Trial on Monday
Reportedly, a freelance journalist Andrus Koziel was beaten hard by police officers and convoyed from a polling station to Central City District Police Department in Minsk on February 18, 2018. According to the police report, the journalist was accused of disobedience to the police. Consequently, he was sent to the pre-trial detention centre in Akrestsin street in Minsk. The trial will take place on Monday, February 19th.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists Requested the Constitutional Court of Belarus to Protect Freelance Journalists
The Belarusian Association of Journalists and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee have directed a common appeal to the Constitutional Court of Belarus with a request to express opinion concerning the legal uncertainty that causes further judicial persecution of journalists on charges under article 22.9 of Belarus Code on Administrative Offenses.
Conference "Prospects and Challenges for Freelance Journalism in Europe. A special focus on Belarus" took place in Minsk. The conference organized by Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) and International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is an opportunity to discuss the challenges faced by the professional community. Special focus was on Belarus, for its extremely challenging working conditions for journalists and putting freelance journalists beyond the framework of the law.
Journalists from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, who participated in the seminar held in Ilsetra (Norway) sent a petition to the Minister of Information Liliya Ananich asking to respect labor rights of freelancer journalists, stop pressure on independent journalists and abolish compulsory accreditation.