On March 16 the Ministry of Information registered Lohvinau bookstore in the Register of distributors of printed products.
Lohvinau tried to dispute six refusals of registration of his bookstore as a distributor of print products; however, the Supreme Court supported the standing of the registering body.
If the court decision comes into legal force, the bookstore will go bankrupt.
Since December 19, several informational Internet resources in Belarus have been subject to blocking. Most of them remain inaccessible from the territory of the country until now. In particular, users’ access to belapan.com and belapan.by, naviny.by, belaruspartisan.org, charter97.org, udf.by, 21.by, gazetaby.com, zautra.by have been restricted without explanations.
On December 17, the Chyhunachny district court in Vitebsk heard the case of Pavel Levinau, the last person brought to account for the photo near the famous city graffiti.
Judge Alena Tsyhankova ruled to punish the passer-by who had joined the photo session in Vitebsk with three days’ arrest – exactly the time he had spent in pre-trial detention.
On December 1, two more people photographed on November 5 in Vitsebk were fined under charges of violating the procedure of holding mass events.
Today three participants of the photo session in Vitebsk were fined for holding an unauthorized mass event.
Before November 5, the day of the international campaign Stand Up For Journalism, a team of BAJ members from Vitebsk took a photo at the background of a famous graffiti in Vitebsk – the image of paper-cut birds flying out of cage. This was a symbolic action to join the international campaign of the EFJ and the campaign of BAJ in support of journalists prosecuted for their professional activities.
Join the Belarusian Stand up for Journalism campaign online and offline! We stand up for the rights of our persecuted colleagues Ales Dzianisau, Andrei Mialeshka, Ales Zaleuski, Maryna Mauchanava, Ales Burakou, Mikhail Arshynski, Alina Litvinchuk, Vital Siamashka, Yury Dziashuk, Yauhien Skrabiets, Mikalai Bianko, Yuliya Siviets, Sviatlana Stsiapanava, Alena Stsiapanava, Maksim Khliabiets, and a broad number of other journalists, either fined or officially warned for their professional activity.
On April 7 in London the International Publishers Association awarded the Freedom to Publish Prize to Belarusian publisher Ihar Lohvinau.
“I can try to pass an exam to register the publishing house only in a year. However, I don’t intend to wait a year to do my favorite business,” said Ihar Lohvinau in an interview to TUT.by.