Media representatives were attacked and detained in Minsk and other cities of Belarus on Tuesday, August 11.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists calls on the authorities to stop the violence.
A riot police officer strikes a journalist. Minsk, 11 August. Video of the incident https://t.me/onlinerby/14028
Updated at 11:00 a.m.
Journalists detained on August 11 in Minsk and not released: Pavel Patapau, Ivan Murauyou, and Maksim Berazinski.
The journalists who were snatched earlier and remain in detention: Yahor Martsinovich, Tatsiana Belashova, Vitaly Dubik, Alena Shcharbinskaya, Alexander Pashkevich, Aliaksei Khudanau, Mikita Tselizhenka, Witold Dobrowolski (Poland), and film director Maksim Shved.
The Interior Ministry does not provide information about their location or what they are charged with.
On August 11, the security forces consciously used violence against these journalists, deliberately damaged their equipment, and seized flash cards with footage. Such attacks were experienced by journalists Siarhei Hryts, Vadzim Zamirouski, Nadzeya Buzhan, Uladzislau Barysovich, Ышфкруш Ptushko, Daria Burakina, Usievalad Zarubin, and three BBC journalists.
The following journalists were detained and are awaiting trial in Belarus regions: Ruslan Kulevich (Hrodna), Alexander Dzianisau (Hrodno), Yauhen Valadashchuk (Slonim), Stanislau Korshunau (Brest), Yauhen Nikalayevich (Pinsk), Alina Skrabunova (Mahiliou), Alexander Sidareuski (Mahiliou), Dzmitry Salauyou (Mahiliou), Dzmitry Kazakevich (Vitebsk), Ihar Matveyeu (Vitebsk), Yauhen Yushkouski (Babruisk), Ales Chyhir (Babruisk), and Yauhen Hlaholeu-Vaskovich (Babruisk).
Journalists do not participate in protests. According to the law on mass media, the Constitution and international law, they have the right to cover protests.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists calls on the authorities to immediately stop attacks and detentions of media representatives, and to release and drop charges against the journalists in detention.