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‘Barysauskiya Naviny’ Editor convicted for announcing demonstration
11.12.2017

‘Barysauskiya Naviny’ Editor convicted for announcing demonstration

A court in Barysau (90 km northeast of Minsk) sentenced Anatol Bukas, the editor of the Barysauskiya Naviny local newspaper, to pay a fine of 345 roubles (145 euros) on 1 December for mentioning the unauthorized demonstration.

The ‘Radio Liberty’ Journalist Halina Abakunchyk Received a Human Rights Defenders’ Award – 2017 PHOTO REPORT
11.12.2017

The ‘Radio Liberty’ Journalist Halina Abakunchyk Received a Human Rights Defenders’ Award – 2017 PHOTO REPORT

A journalist Halina Abakunchyk has been announced the Journalist of the Year as a laureate of Human Rights Defenders’ Award – 2017. She was praised for the ‘defense of human rights values’ in her work.

04.12.2017

The ‘Barysauskiya naviny’ Editor-in-chief Fined for Publishing Information about ‘The Angry Belarusians’ Rally’

The Barysau District Court regarded a case on administrative offense against Anatol Bukas, the ‘Barysauskiya naviny’ Editor-in-chief on article 23.34, part 1 of the Belarus Code on Administrative Offenses (‘Violation of procedures on arranging or holding mass events’) on December 1, 2017.  

Belarusian KGB Says It's Holding Ukrainian Journalist, Claims He's A Spy
22.11.2017

Belarusian KGB Says It's Holding Ukrainian Journalist, Claims He's A Spy

The Belarusian Committee for State Security (KGB) says it has arrested a Ukrainian journalist on suspicion of espionage, accusing him of being a military intelligence agent -- a claim immediately rejected by Ukraine.

Рэзалюцыя канферэнцыі — да ўладаў Беларусі, грамадзянскай супольнасці і міжнароднай журналісцкай сеткі
22.11.2017

Resolution of international conference ‘The Perspectives and Challenges to Freelance Journalism in Europe. A Special Focus on Belarus’

Resolution of international conference ‘The Perspectives and Challenges to Freelance Journalism in Europe. A Special Focus on Belarus’

BAJ - IFJ Conference: Belarus Is One of the Most Hostile Media Environments
19.11.2017

BAJ - IFJ Conference: Belarus Is One of the Most Hostile Media Environments

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.

Police Officer Visited ‘Gazeta Slonimskaya’ Editorial after a Publication about Hazing
13.11.2017

Police Officer Visited ‘Gazeta Slonimskaya’ Editorial after a Publication about Hazing

The ‘Gazeta Slonimskaya’ (Slonim, Hrodna region) newspaper journalists were asked to provide explanations in the written form about the way they had been preparing the article “There’s no hazing in the Lithuanian army. The barracks are cleaned every day by a scrubwoman there...”

Huge Fines Imposed on Freelance Journalists from ‘Belsat’ TV Channel Again. Four Reporters Put on Trial Together
01.11.2017

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.

Expensive Professional Equipment Seized from ‘Belsat’ Journalists
11.10.2017

Expensive Professional Equipment Seized from ‘Belsat’ Journalists

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.

BAJ: The Verdict on ‘Belsat’ Case Shows the Use of the Law against the Freedom of Media
11.10.2017

BAJ: The Verdict on ‘Belsat’ Case Shows the Use of the Law against the Freedom of Media

The Belarusian Association of Journalists considers a court decision on the case of ‘Belsat’ TV journalist Aliaksandr Barazenka to be unfair and oppressing freedom of speech in the country.

У Беларусі новы міністр інфармацыі
01.10.2017

New Minister of Information Appointed in Belarus

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.

Huge Fines Imposed on Freelance Journalists Zhukouski and Tolchyn in Petrykau
27.09.2017

Huge Fines Imposed on Freelance Journalists Zhukouski and Tolchyn in Petrykau

The judge of Petrykau District Court Andrei Bahdanik found a freelance journalist from Homiel Kastus Zhukouski guilty of ‘illegal production of mass media products’ for ‘Belsat’ TV channel on the grounds of article 22.9 part 2 of Belarus Code on Administrative Offenses and fined him 40 base amounts that equals 920 Belarusian rubles (around EUR 400).