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30.06.2021

Journalist Andrej Aliaksandraŭ charged with high treason

Minsk, 30 June. Detained journalist Andrej Aliaksandraŭ has been charged with high treason and may face up to 15 years in prison, his lawyer Anton Hašynski told BelaPAN.

25.06.2021

Roman Protasevich has moved to house arrest

A Belarusian dissident who was taken off a Ryanair jet forced to land in Minsk has been transferred to house arrest, his father has told the BBC.

24.06.2021

OSCE Media Freedom Representative warns of further serious restrictions on freedom of expression in recently adopted Belarusian laws

VIENNA, 24 June 2021 – The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Teresa Ribeiro, today stated that the recently adopted laws in Belarus seriously contradict international human rights standards on freedom of expression and freedom of the media, including the OSCE commitments of the country.

Translator Volha Kalatskaya suspected under Article 342, again
23.06.2021

Translator Volha Kalatskaya suspected under Article 342, again

The Investigative Committee reversed its decision to drop the charges under Article 342 "Organizing and preparing activities that breach public order or active participation in them" against translator Volha Kalatskaya. Ms. Kalatskaya will be prosecuted again. She is currently serving a two-year sentence of probation.

BAJ to undergo examination by Ministry of Justice Thousands of documents are to be presented in just 2 days
21.06.2021

BAJ to undergo examination by Ministry of Justice. Thousands of documents are to be presented in just 2 days

The Ministry of Justice has started a monitoring of the activities of the Belarusian Association of Journalists. The letter that BAJ received on Monday morning requires the NGO to present thousands of papers dated since January 1, 2018 to the Ministry's Non-profit organizations department. When we speak of thousands of documents, we really mean it.

17.06.2021

Political prisoner Andrzej Paczobut has covid, needs urgent hospital care

Political prisoner Andrzej Paczobut has got Covid-19 and needs to be urgently taken to hospital His wife Aksana says he also has heart problems. He used to often lose consciousness, and Aksana is really concerned about his health now, as there is no proper medical care in jail.

17.06.2021

BAJ pleades with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Health Care, Department of Corrections for hospitalizing Andrzej Paczobut

BAJ letter with the request to hospitalize political prisoner, journalist Andrzej Paczobut, who has got Covid-19 in jail, and also has heart problems, was sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Health Care, the Department of Corrections and its structural subdivisions — Minsk and Minsk region office, and Zhodzina prison number 8, where the journalist is kept.

14.06.2021

MFA brings Raman Pratasevich to briefing. He states he is not betraying anyone "but just cooperating with investigation"

At the beginning of the briefing, it was stated that "Mr. Pratasevich wanted to talk to the media, and we found a legal way to do that."  Recalled, Raman is being held in jail.

 Joint call to make press freedom a cornerstone of all demands towards Belarus
10.06.2021

Joint call to make press freedom a cornerstone of all demands towards Belarus

The hijacking of a plane and kidnapping of editor and blogger Raman Pratasevich is viewed by the free expression, press freedom and journalists’ community as the outrageous climax of a broader campaign against media freedom in Belarus that drastically intensified after the August 2020 election. Free Press Unlimited co-wrote a joint call to make respect for press freedom a cornerstone of all demands towards Belarus.

04.06.2021

Sports journalists Ivulin, Pisarenka arrested in Minsk

Minsk, 3 June. Sports journalists Aliaksandr Ivulin and Jaraslaŭ Pisarenka were arrested in Minsk on Thursday, according to media reports.

03.06.2021

Popular TV personality Dzianis Dudzinski and his wife questioned by financial police

Minsk, 3 June. Popular TV host, actor and singer Dzianis Dudzinski and his wife, Kaciaryna Rajeckaja, were questioned by officers of the State Control Committee’s Department for Financial Investigations on Wednesday.

03.06.2021

Medicines not given to jailed Polish activist Andrzej Poczobut after alleged refusal to leave country

Andrzej Poczobut, a political prisoner and member of the Union of Poles in Belarus, is reportedly being deprived of necessary medicines behind bars.