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UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders Michel Forst Advises Journalists to Contact Him Directly
17.04.2019

UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders Michel Forst Advises Journalists to Contact Him Directly

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation with human rights defenders Michel Forst visited the office of the Belarusian Association of Journalists. He met with BAJ representatives, journalists Pauliuk Bykouski, Tatsiana Karavenkova, Maryna Zolatava, and Dziyana Seradziuk.

 Minsk office of Belsat gets back equipment seized during recent search
12.04.2019

Minsk office of Belsat gets back equipment seized during recent search

Computers and data storage devices have been returned to Belsat two days after they were seized by the police took during the search at the Minsk office of Belsat.

OSCE Representative denounces search of Belsat TV channel editorial office in Belarus
10.04.2019

OSCE Representative denounces search of Belsat TV channel editorial office in Belarus

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, denounced the search conducted on 9 April in the editorial office of the Belsat TV channel in Minsk, Belarus. He called on the authorities to exercise restraint in bringing libel charges against media and journalists, and reiterated his call on the authorities to decriminalize defamation. ​

BAJ Protests Against Search at Belsat And New Criminal Case — Statement by BAJ Board
10.04.2019

BAJ Protests Against Search at Belsat And New Criminal Case — Statement by BAJ Board

April 9 Minsk Department of the Investigative Committee searched the apartment used by employees of Belsat satellite TV channel.

Minsk Police Raid and Search BELSAT Office on Slander Charges  The office has been crushed
09.04.2019

Minsk Police Raid and Search BELSAT Office on Slander Charges. The office has been crushed

In the morning of April 9 the police came to the office of Belsat TV channel with a search warrant from the Investigation Committee. Recently, we do not have information about the criminal proceedings that the search is part of.

03.04.2019

Hrodna to Be Twinned with Nur-Sultan — Hrodna.life Threatened Litigation for April Fools' Joke

Hrodna.life published a joke on April Fools' Day, and local ideologists seemed not to understand the joke.

Immediately stop prosecution of blogger Siarhei Piatrukhin
02.04.2019

Immediately stop prosecution of blogger Siarhei Piatrukhin

Joint statement by human rights and other civil society organizations.

Police Suspect Blogger Andrei Pavuk of Bomb Hoax,  Ask People Not to Help Him.
25.03.2019

Police Suspect Blogger Andrei Pavuk of Bomb Hoax, Ask People Not to Help Him

Blogger Andrei Pavuk is a suspect in a criminal case under Art. 340 Part 1 of the Criminal. He is suspected of a false report on a bomb in the building of Aktsiabrski  district executive committee. The police seized all computer equipment and devices from Andrei.

 Belarus authorities set to make us stop contributing to Belsat — journalist
25.03.2019

Belarus authorities set to make us stop contributing to Belsat — journalist

Brest-based journalists Ales Lyauchuk and Milana Kharytonava were found guilty of illegal production and distribution of media products, i.e. for contributing to Belsat TV.

Guilty: Zolatava to Pay a Fine and BelTA Costs
04.03.2019

Guilty: Zolatava to Pay a Fine and BelTA Costs

Zavodski district court of Minsk has announced the verdict to Maryna Zolatava, the chief editor of the portal Tut.by. Zolatava has been found guilty of dereliction of duty, which resulted in significant harm to the state and public interests. Maryna Zolatava must pay a fine of 300 base values (7,650 BYN). Zolatava is restricted from leaving the country before the judgment enters into legal force. In addition, Maryna Zolatava must also pay BelTA 6,000 BYN of sue charges. Hard drives, laptops, a mobile phone, and system unit will be returned to her. The court also ruled to return the equipment seized during the searches to the editors of Tut.by.

30.01.2019

High-profile case: Popular news portal chief editor to stand trial soon

The trial of Maryna Zolatava, editor-in-chief of the popular news portal TUT.BY, will start on February, 12 in Minsk.

FOJO Representative Banned from Belarus due to Russian "Black List"
26.01.2019

FOJO Representative Banned from Belarus due to Russian "Black List"

Olga Vallee, FOJO Media Institute program coordinator arrived in Minsk at the invitation of the Belarusian Association of Journalists. She was supposed to have a meeting with young journalists.