From June 19, the office of the Belarusian Association of Journalists will be open at Kalvaryiskaya 16, office 265 (3rd floor). The closest metro station is Frunzenskaya.
The Investigative Committee considers that it is too early to hold a press conference concerning the case of three journalists who had written for Regnum. Meanwhile, the agency said not a single word on the “patriots’ case”. This is what arrived in reply to BAJ’s petition filed on May 11.
On May 22, the Maladzechna district court imposed a fine of 300 BYN on Siarhei Zianko, a journalist of the local news portal Kraj.by, as a moral damage compensation for spreading lies and insulting a traffic policeman.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists filed a petition to the Investigative Committee, the General prosecutor’s office and the KGB, demanding to hold a press conference for all mass media and present official information concerning the investigation into the criminal cases widely discussed lately, the so-called cases of “Bely Legion” and the “case of patriots”.
On April 26, the Viciebsk region court upheld the decision of the Orsha court to fine a local environment activist for a live stream on the social net Odnoklassniki.
For two days, the Pershamayski district court was hearing the case of Ales Liubianchuk, cameraman of Belsat who was detained at the office of Belsat on the day of searches. Judge Yury Harbatouski fined the reporter for 25 b.a. (575 BYN) allegedly for speaking obscene language at the police department.
The Ministry of Home Affairs replied to the petition of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, which called on the authorities to investigative the mass violations of journalists’ rights in March. The key point of the reply is that law enforcement officers did not violate any law, and BAJ “has to stop “covering up” and “justifying” the people who have nothing to do with mass media”.
Blogger Raman Pratasevich cleared off police’s charges thanks to university: he proved he had been sitting an exam while the police allegedly saw him at a kind of an unsanctioned mass event in Kurapaty on February 25.
The international organization Human Rights Watch presented a report on recent wave of repressions against peaceful protesters, journalists and human righst defenders.
On March 12, the Homel district court heard four administrative cases against Homel freelancer Larysa Shchyrakova.
On April 10, the editorial office of KYKY.ORG received a letter from Roskomnadzor (based on a court decision of the Zavodoukovsk district court of Tyumen Oblast dated February 27, 2017) demanding to delete an article about shoplifetrs within a day, otherwise the website would be blocked.
Gazeta Slonimskaya is back into kiosks of Belsayuzdruk since April 5 – this is the first time for over 11 years.