Blogger Zmitser Kzou (aka Gray Cat) charged under Article 342 Part 1 of the Criminal Code (organization or active participation in group actions grossly violating public order) was recognized political prisoner by the human rights community of Belarus.
Dzmitry Kazlou aka Grey Cat, a Youtuber from the town of Baran, has become a defendant in a case under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organisation or participation in group actions that grossly violate public order), he said in a letter to human rights defender Pavel Levinau.
The Belarusian authorities “must end politically motivated prosecutions, intimidation, harassment and reprisals against Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s opponents and their supporters, civil society activists and independent media,” Amnesty International said.
The human rights community of Belarus has recognized the blogger of MozgON YouTube channel Uladzimir Tsyhanovich and Brest blogger Alyaksandr Kabanau as political prisoners, spring96.org reports.
Statement Publishers Council of the Local Newspaper Association in support of Belarusian colleagues
A criminal investigator informed Viasna member Uladzimir Vialichkin, on June 25 Brest blogger Siarhei Piatrukhin was sent to a temporary detention facility in Minsk. He is arrested along with Siarhei Tsikhanouski and at least another 10 people in a criminal case under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code initiated after the events in Hrodna on May 29.
On Thursday afternoon, law enforcers showed a search warrant to blogger Ihar Losik, who is also an administrator of popular Telegram channel Беларусь головного мозга (Belarus Of The Brain). After the search, Losik was detained..
The judge found him guilty of disobeying an official and violating the order of holding mass events.
Vilnius, Lithuania, June 22, 2020 – Belarusian authorities should stop prosecuting and harassing journalists covering protests, the Committee to Protect Journalist said today.
Ten days in jail for reporting Babruisk court: journalists have no right to cover unauthorized protests
Babruisk district and city court ruled, Siarhei Latsinski, journalist and BHC observer, breached the law on mass events by presence at the 'live chain' protest on June 19. He was punished by ten days of jail under Art. 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offences for participation in an unauthorized mass event. UPD.: In the evening Siarhei Latsinski was released home with a high temperature, he will serve his sentence later.
OSCE media Representative concerned by detention of journalists in Belarus, calls on authorities to ensure right of media to cover public gatherings
VIENNA, 20 June 2020 – The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, expressed his concern over a series of detentions of journalists on 19 June, who were covering public gatherings in Belarus.
Friday, June 19, was the last day when signatures for nomination of presidential candidates could be collected in Belarus. A series of pickets was held all across the country. Many people took to the streets to participate in the peaceful protests against the policy of Alexander Lukashenka. The arrested journalists were covering these protests. Police officers and riot police (omon) arrested the protesters and the journalists covering the events.