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 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.
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.
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).
The Dutch Journalists Frightened by Sergeant with Shooting while Reporting from ‘Zakhad-2017’ Military Exercises
Journalists from a Dutch publication have visited Uladzimir Skrabatun, the Editor-in-chief of ‘Volnaye Hlybokaye’ newspaper, searching for more information about the ‘Zakhad-2017’ military exercises. The Editor got them acquainted with a local freelance reporter Zmitsier Lupach and asked the latter to accompany the guests in the town of Hlybokaye.
Two police reports have been drawn up in relation to a journalist Maryna Drabysheuskaya, who cooperates with ‘Belsat’ TV channel and ‘Novy Chas’ newspaper, for the alleged ‘illegal production of mass media product’ (article 22.9 of Belarus Code on Administrative Offenses) in Homiel since recently.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists Requested the Presidential Administration to Defend Journalists
The BAJ has addressed to the Head of Presidential Administration Natallia Kachanava with a request to facilitate termination of prosecution in relation to freelance journalists. The latter have been put on trial 35 times since the year start. Among other, the appeal contains a statement about illegality of bringing journalists to administrative responsibility, basing on article 22.9 of Belarus Code of Administrative Offenses.
On Friday, a Minsk court is considering administrative cases of Katsyaryna Andreyeva, Syarhei Kavaliou, Maryia Artsybashava and Ales Silich.
Judge of Gomel region Andrei Susla punished Larisa Shchyrakova for cooperating with the "Belsat" TV channel without accreditation (violation of the Article 22.9 of the Administrative Code) with a fine of 35 basic units - 805 rubles.
Chairman of the public organization "Belarusian Association of Journalists" Andrei Bastunets and Chairman of the “Lithuanian Union of Journalists” Dainius Radzevičius discussed in Vilnius the cooperation issues of journalistic organizations of Lithuania and Belarus.
Journalist Katsyaryna Andreyeva got two administrative protocols in the mail.
Freelance journalist Kastus Zhukovski has been hospitalized in the toxicological department after the attack
Kastus Zhukovski spent a night in the toxicological department of the hospital. The policeman drew up a protocol on the attack on journalists.