On September 4, 2020, the Kastrychnitski court of Minsk sentenced journalists Nadzeya Kalinina and Aliaksei Sudnikau (TUT.BY), Maria Eleshevich, Siarhei Shchehaliou, and Mikita Dubaleka (Komsomolskaya Pravda v Belarusi), and Andrei Shauluha (BelaPAN) to 3 days of jail. The court recognized them as participants in unauthorized protest actions. The journalists were released as their terms were completed.
BAJ protests against gross violations of journalists’ and media rights during and after the presidential elections
In Belarus, the 2020 presidential election campaign has demonstrated unprecedented pressure on journalists.
July 14 and 15 journalists covering mass street protests in Belarus and livestreaming from them were detained, again.
STATEMENT: BAJ outraged at arrest of bloggers, and calls on the authorities to abide by international standards and obligations
In the past few days Belarus authorities arrested well-known political bloggers and Telegram channel authors Ihar Losik ( Belarus Golovnogo Mozga), Siarhei Piatrukhin, Aliaksandr Kabanau, Aliaksandr Andreyeu (Orsha dlia Zhizni), Uladzimir Niaronski (Slutsk dlia Zhizni;), Uladzimir Tsyhanovich (MozgON) and Siarhei Sparysh (moderator of Telegram channels of the Narodnaya Hramada party organizing committee).
Statement by the human rights community of Belarus on the criminal charges against Siarhei Tsikhanouski and six other participants in the May 29 picket in Hrodna