Journalist who photographed Russian military vehicles taken into custody

12.05.2022 Source: BAJ Press Service

Baranavichy journalist Yury Hantsarevich detained two weeks ago was charged with the facilitation of extremist activity and transferred to a remand prison, according to the sources of the Belarusian Association of Journalists.

A week after Hantsarevich’s arrest, pro-government propagandist channels aired a video of the his interrogation and reported that the journalist was detained for photographing Russian military equipment and sending the images to the independent media Zerkalo and RFE/RL Belarus.

Since leading Belarusian independent media had been recognized as “extremist formations,” the journalist is now accused of assisting such “formations.” Zerkalo is an exception so far.

Yesterday Yury Hantsarevich was transferred to Baranavichy remand prison #6. According to the charges, the journalist faces up to 6 years of imprisonment.

25 media representatives are currently behind bars in Belarus.