Sixty-three searches conducted at journalists’ homes, newsrooms in less than two weeks

19.07.2021 Source: By BelaPAN

Minsk, 19 July. Sixty-three searches were conducted by law enforcement officers at journalists’ homes and newsrooms in the past 10 days, the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) reported on Sunday.

It said that a total of 107 raids targeting journalists had been conducted by authorities since the beginning of this year.

Thirty-three media workers are currently behind bars, said the BAJ.

A total of five journalists - Alieh Hruzdzilovič, Alieś Daščynski and Inesa Studzinskaja of the Belarusian service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and Ihar Iĺjaš and Hanna Haliota of Belsat TV - were arrested on July 16.

The teams of two local online publications - in Barysaŭ, Minsk region, and in Mahilioŭ - relocated abroad last week to escape possible persecution.

On July 16, the Investigative Committee of Belarus announced that it had information that a number of NGOs and media outlets had been involved in the financing of anti-government protests in the country.