In March 2017, Belarusian journalists have faced with an increase of pressure from the authorities. This year the pressure has become the most intense since 2011.
In March 2017, BAJ registred 120 incidents of violations of journalists rights'. There have been:
40 administartive cases, of which:
- article 22.9 of the Code of Administartive Vioations - 13 cases, 3 fines imposed by now (illegal production of mass media products).
- article 23.34 - 14 cases, finished with 10 arrests and 4 fines. (participation in an unsanctioned event).
- other (17.1 - hoologanism, 23.4 - disobedience to police's demands) - 13 incidents.
Beatings by police — 6 incidents.
Damages to equipment — 3 incidents.
Most of the information is illustrated in the chart