Statement by the Congress of the Belarusian Association of Journalists on changes to the Law on Mass Media
On 19 April, the House of Representatives of the National Assembly passed in its first reading a draft law providing for introduction of major changes in the media legislation.
The 10th Congress of Belarusian Association of Journalists was held in Minsk on April 20, 2018. During the gathering, new leadership of BAJ was elected. Andrei Bastunets was re-elected to hold the position of the BAJ Chairperson in 2018 – 2020.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists submitted its comments and suggestions on the draft amendments regulating the media sphere to the Standing Commission on Human Rights, Ethnic Relations and Mass Media of the House of Representatives.
The BAJ Chairperson Presented Expert Review of Draft Changes in Mass Media Law to Minister of Information
The BAJ Chairperson Andrei Bastunets had a meeting with the Minister of Information of Belarus Aliaksandr Karliukevich on April 6, 2018. The BAJ Chairperson handed over expert review of draft amendments to the Belarus law ‘On Mass Media’ to the minister.
Draconic Draft Amendments to Mass Media Law: Registration of On-line Periodical Editions, Identification of Commentators, Blocking of Social Media
The Belarusian Association of Journalists has received a draft law of Belarus ‘On Introduction of Changes and Amendments to Some Laws of Belarus’ from the Standing Committee on Human Rights, National Relations, and Mass Media. The draft bill mainly concerned the existing Belarus law ‘On Mass Media’.
A dozen of drones stolen near the Opera Theatre. A Tut.by editor: “The police did it. We hope to get the equipment back”
About ten cameraman’s drones – the devices that take to the skies and shoot from above – disappeared during the centennial celebration of the Belarusian Democratic Republic near the Opera Theatre in Minsk. The drones are radi0-controlled from the ground.
This story presents factual information on the obstruction of mass media activities in Belarus on 25 March (in the reversed chronological order).
The judge of Frunzenski City District Court of Minsk Andrei Malechka punished an independent journalist Volha Chaichyts by a fine of 735 BYN, for the alleged illegal production of a TV-report about public protests, followed by a governmental decision to densify a housing area in Yakubouski street in Minsk.
On 14 March, the Homiel District Court fined the freelance journalists Kastus Zhukouski and Andrei Tolchyn for 25 base amounts (about EUR 255) each. This is the third fine for freelancing these Homiel residents receive this year.
On 12 March, the Pinsk district court summoned the bloggers Sergei Pyatrukhin from Brest and Alexander Kabanau from Biaroza to attend the hearings in the administrative case under Article 22.9, Part 2 of the Administrative Code.
According to the police representatives’ testimonies, Andrei Koziel was filming illegally the process of counting votes at the local elections and refused to leave the polling station on the police officers’ demand.