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"State media did not turn spotlight on elections as a political campaign," — BAJ presents the results of monitoring media coverage of the parliamentary elections-2019
29.11.2019

"State media did not turn spotlight on elections as a political campaign," — BAJ presents the results of monitoring media coverage of the parliamentary elections-2019

On November 28 Belarusian Association of Journalists  presented its final report of monitoring the media coverage of the parliamentary elections in 2019.

Belarus journalist suspected of smuggling weed claims planting
25.11.2019

Belarus journo suspected of smuggling weed claims planting

On November 21, journalist Uladzimir Chudzyantsou was removed from a train at the Belarusian-Polish border. The authorities claim that Belarusian border guards found 0.87 grams of marijuana in his personal belongings. Moreover, a search was conducted in his flat and ‘some two packages’ were reportedly seized, the journalist’s mother said.

«Выборы продемонстрировали полное отсутствие соблюдения демократических обязательств», — заявление ОБСЕ
18.11.2019

Curbs on constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and concerns over procedural integrity tarnish early parliamentary elections in Belarus even as candidate numbers rise, international observers say

Fundamental freedoms were disregarded and the integrity of the election process was not adequately safeguarded in the early parliamentary elections in Belarus even as the number of registered candidates increased, international observers concluded in a preliminary statement published today

Blogger NEXTA to pay 3000 rubles for a posting on head of Slonim
12.11.2019

Blogger NEXTA to pay 3000 rubles for a posting on head of Slonim

November 12 Minsk district court considered a defamation action brought by the chairman of the Slonim district executive committee Henadz Khomich against Stsiapan Putsila, owner of Nexta channel in Telegram.

Mahilio Journalist Fined for Story about Belarus' Chief Ideologist
31.10.2019

Mahiliou Journalist Fined for Story about Belarus' Chief Ideologist

Bialynichy District Court imposed a penalty on Mahiliou journalist Darya Chultsova  for a video story about the newly appointed Belarus' chief ideologist Andrei Kuntsevych that she had allegedly made for Belsat TV channel.

30.10.2019

‘European Belarus’ activists banned from election

Election commissions have already removed four candidates of the “European Belarus” campaign from the elections. But the candidates filed complaints to the Minsk City Commission”, Yauhen Afnahel, coordinator of the civil campaign, told Belsat.

25.10.2019

Candidate for deputies calls for impeachment of Lukashenka, get removed from air

The address of Homiel activist Uladzimir Niapomniashchykh, who had previously been registered as a candidate in the parliamentary elections, was removed from TV air, the UCP reports.

Journalist Volha Bykouskaya Barred From Meeting of Election Commission in Minsk
21.10.2019

Journalist Volha Bykouskaya Barred From Meeting of Election Commission in Minsk

Bdg.by journalist tried to attend a meeting of District Election Commission of district # 107 in Minsk, where one of the contenders was Yury Hubarevich, chairman of the Movement for Freedom. However, members of the election commission did not let the journalist to observe the meeting.

Radio Racyja Journalist Denied Accreditation 11th Time
21.10.2019

Radio Racyja Journalist Denied Accreditation 11th Time

BAJ member, Hrodna journalist  Viktar Parfionenka has just been denied accreditation by the Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs, again.  This was his eleventh attempt as a reporter of the Belarusian Radio Racyja to get official permission to work.

Ukrainian Journalist Pavel Sharoyko Pardoned and Released
07.10.2019

Ukrainian Journalist Pavel Sharoyko Pardoned and Released

Pavel Sharoyko, convicted of espionage in Belarus, has just been pardoned and released. The President of Ukraine Volodymir Zelensky spread the news during the 2nd Forum of Regions of Belarus and Ukraine in Zhytomyr.

07.10.2019

Minsk Artist Takes Viagra And His Clothes Off To Protest Against Censorship

Last week the National Center for Contemporary Arts opened an exhibition of five local artists. One of them – Alexey Kuzmich – came to the opening in a raincoat on a naked body.

30.09.2019

Slonim Mayor Sues Sviatlana Kalinkina 50,000 BYN for Publishing NEXTA's Posting

Head of Slonim Executive Committee Henadz Khomich sued a number of publications that republished the posting of blogger Stsiapan Putsila (aka NEXTA). NEXTA's Telegramm channel posted that the local top official, as well as his wife a bit later, had been caught drunk driving. Officially, the information has not been confirmed.