Conference "Prospects and Challenges for Freelance Journalism in Europe. A special focus on Belarus" took place in Minsk. The conference organized by Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) and International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is an opportunity to discuss the challenges faced by the professional community. Special focus was on Belarus, for its extremely challenging working conditions for journalists and putting freelance journalists beyond the framework of the law.
Huge Fines Imposed on Freelance Journalists from ‘Belsat’ TV Channel Again. Four Reporters Put on Trial Together
Four fines were imposed on freelance journalists in Minsk on October 30, 2017. Two of them - Aliaksandr Barazenka and Hanna Aziemsha – were punished for their freelance journalist work with fines of EUR 250 in equivalent per person. Two other journalists – Volha Chaychyts and Andrei Koziel – were harassed with huge fines of EUR 500 in equivalent per person in the same court room.
A court verdict to seize the ‘Belsat’ equipment has been announced within a case on the ‘Belsat’ trademark copyright by Anastasiya Papko, the judge of Piershamayski City District of Minsk.
The President of Belarus Aliaksandar Lukashenka appointed Aliaksandar Karliukevich to hold the position of Belarus' Minister of Information on September 28, 2017. Previously the latter worked as Deputy Minister of Information, BelTA reports.
Journalist Katsyaryna Andreyeva got two administrative protocols in the mail.
BAJ joins celebrations of the World Press Freedom Day and expresses words of support and gratitude to those who stick to principles of professional and conscientious journalism.
Cameraman Ales Liubianchuk was detained during seraches at Belsat office in Kastrychnitskaya street. He was taken to the police department where he spent around 5 hours.
The official grounds for the actions is said to be a prosecutorial writ to check the illegal use of the trademark Belsat.
As of March 10, the monitoring service of BAJ registered 28 detentions of journalists. Mass media representatives were detained while covering street protests against decree No3.
A journalist Dziana Seradziuk was acquitted today in a trial for allegedly participating in an unsanctioned mass event.
On February 13 – 14, the Belarusian Association of Journalists jointly with the Media Institute Fojo held a press conference “Mass Media in Belarus: Challenges and Chances”.
On the eve of the Human Rights Day, human rights community in Belarus awards most prominent activists of the year.