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Bastunets Met with the Minister of Information Karliukevich: ‘We have agreed to discuss changes in the Law ‘On Mass Media’
09.03.2018

Bastunets Met with the Minister of Information Karliukevich: ‘We have agreed to discuss changes in the Law ‘On Mass Media’

The BAJ Chairperson Andrei Bastunets has had a meeting with the recently appointed Minister of Information of Belarus Aliaksandr Karliukevich.

The Beaten Freelance Journalist to Be Put on Trial Again
05.03.2018

The Beaten Freelance Journalist to Be Put on Trial Again

The brutally beaten freelance ‘Belsat’ cameraman Andrus Koziel has been called to the Central City District Court of Minsk for re-trial on March 7, 2018.

The Minister of Information Karliukevich Promised to Invite BAJ to Discuss Amendments to Mass Media Law
02.03.2018

The Minister of Information Karliukevich Promised to Invite BAJ to Discuss Amendments to Mass Media Law

The Ministry of Information would like to arrange public hearings on the planned changes in the Belarus Law ‘On Mass Media’. Among other, the Minister of Information Aliaksandr Karliukevich noted in his interview to the European Radio in Belarus that he wanted to hear arguments in favour of introducing the status of freelance journalists into the law.

The Court Sent Back the Case against Andrei Koziel for Revision. The Beaten Journalist Released from Custody
20.02.2018

The Court Sent Back the Case against Andrei Koziel for Revision. The Beaten Journalist Released from Custody

Andrei Koziel, a freelance journalist, cooperating with Belsat TV, was put on trial for the alleged disobedience to the police on February 19, 2018. Andrus Kozel was an observer from a candidate for deputy Mikalai Kazlou. The reporter had spent a night at the pre-trial detention centre in Minsk.

Freelance Journalist Beaten and Detained for Streaming from Polling Station in Minsk, to Be Put on Trial on Monday
19.02.2018

Freelance Journalist Beaten and Detained for Streaming from Polling Station in Minsk, to Be Put on Trial on Monday

Reportedly, a freelance journalist Andrus Koziel was beaten hard by police officers and convoyed from a polling station to Central City District Police Department in Minsk on February 18, 2018. According to the police report, the journalist was accused of disobedience to the police. Consequently, he was sent to the pre-trial detention centre in Akrestsin street in Minsk. The trial will take place on Monday, February 19th.

A Ukrainian Journalist Pavel Sharoyka Tried behind Closed Doors for Espionage
14.02.2018

A Ukrainian Journalist Pavel Sharoyka Tried behind Closed Doors for Espionage

On February 12, the spokesperson of Supreme Court of Belarus Yuliya Liaskova informed the Belarusian Association of Journalists about the start of litigation against a Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sharoyka.

Karliukevich: ‘The Ministry of Information Plans to Focus on the Internet and Social Media in 2018’
08.02.2018

Karliukevich: ‘The Ministry of Information Plans to Focus on the Internet and Social Media in 2018’

The Ministry of Information will focus on the internet, social media, and accounts that convey information to the consumer in its work, Aliaksandr Karliukevich said.

06.02.2018

Lukashenko appoints new heads of Belarus' central mass media

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has appointed new heads of a number of state-owned mass media, BelTA informs.

The ‘Regnum’ Authors Found Guilty by Court but Released in the Court Room
03.02.2018

The ‘Regnum’ Authors Found Guilty by Court but Released in the Court Room

Yury Paulavets, Dzmitry Alimkin, and Siarhei Shyptenka have been found guilty of collective incitement of hatred on the ground of national identity (article 130 of Belarus Criminal Court).

The Belarusian Association of Journalists Requested the Constitutional Court of Belarus to Protect Freelance Journalists
31.01.2018

The Belarusian Association of Journalists Requested the Constitutional Court of Belarus to Protect Freelance Journalists

The Belarusian Association of Journalists and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee have directed a common appeal to the Constitutional Court of Belarus with a request to express opinion concerning the legal uncertainty that causes further judicial persecution of journalists on charges under article 22.9 of Belarus Code on Administrative Offenses.

Belarus blocks access to opposition website
24.01.2018

Belarus blocks access to opposition website

The popular opposition website Charter97.org does not open in Belarus. When one tries to enter the site, it either does not load or a window pops up saying that the website has been added to the list of restricted webpages.

‘Belarusophobes’ case’: Verdict to be passed soon
24.01.2018

‘Belarusophobes’ case’: Verdict to be passed soon

A sentence in the case of Belarusian-born authors of Russian chauvinistic website will be delivered in February, 2.