On 14 March, the Homiel District Court fined the freelance journalists Kastus Zhukouski and Andrei Tolchyn for 25 base amounts (about EUR 255) each. This is the third fine for freelancing these Homiel residents receive this year.
On 12 March, the Pinsk district court summoned the bloggers Sergei Pyatrukhin from Brest and Alexander Kabanau from Biaroza to attend the hearings in the administrative case under Article 22.9, Part 2 of the Administrative Code.
According to the police representatives’ testimonies, Andrei Koziel was filming illegally the process of counting votes at the local elections and refused to leave the polling station on the police officers’ demand.
Bastunets Met with the Minister of Information Karliukevich: ‘We have agreed to discuss changes in the Law ‘On Mass Media’
The BAJ Chairperson Andrei Bastunets has had a meeting with the recently appointed Minister of Information of Belarus Aliaksandr Karliukevich.
The brutally beaten freelance ‘Belsat’ cameraman Andrus Koziel has been called to the Central City District Court of Minsk for re-trial on March 7, 2018.
The Minister of Information Karliukevich Promised to Invite BAJ to Discuss Amendments to Mass Media Law
The Ministry of Information would like to arrange public hearings on the planned changes in the Belarus Law ‘On Mass Media’. Among other, the Minister of Information Aliaksandr Karliukevich noted in his interview to the European Radio in Belarus that he wanted to hear arguments in favour of introducing the status of freelance journalists into the law.
The Court Sent Back the Case against Andrei Koziel for Revision. The Beaten Journalist Released from Custody
Andrei Koziel, a freelance journalist, cooperating with Belsat TV, was put on trial for the alleged disobedience to the police on February 19, 2018. Andrus Kozel was an observer from a candidate for deputy Mikalai Kazlou. The reporter had spent a night at the pre-trial detention centre in Minsk.
Freelance Journalist Beaten and Detained for Streaming from Polling Station in Minsk, to Be Put on Trial on Monday
Reportedly, a freelance journalist Andrus Koziel was beaten hard by police officers and convoyed from a polling station to Central City District Police Department in Minsk on February 18, 2018. According to the police report, the journalist was accused of disobedience to the police. Consequently, he was sent to the pre-trial detention centre in Akrestsin street in Minsk. The trial will take place on Monday, February 19th.
On February 12, the spokesperson of Supreme Court of Belarus Yuliya Liaskova informed the Belarusian Association of Journalists about the start of litigation against a Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sharoyka.
The Ministry of Information will focus on the internet, social media, and accounts that convey information to the consumer in its work, Aliaksandr Karliukevich said.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has appointed new heads of a number of state-owned mass media, BelTA informs.
Yury Paulavets, Dzmitry Alimkin, and Siarhei Shyptenka have been found guilty of collective incitement of hatred on the ground of national identity (article 130 of Belarus Criminal Court).