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18.08.2021

BelaPAN staff searched and interrogated Accountant, director and former director of the news agency have been detained

BelaPAN news agency staff were raided in the morning of August 18. Two people were detained and placed in the detention center BelaPAN website can't be reached at belapan.by and belapan.com both from Belarus and abroad.

13.08.2021

Judge slaps “extremist” label on tut.by, one more site linked to tut.by team

Minsk, 13 August. A judge of the Centraĺny District Court in Minsk on Friday applied an “extremist” label to tut.by, Belarus’ most popular independent news portal, and zerkalo.io, a website launched last month by some members of the tut.by team.

11.08.2021

Supreme Court postpones hearing on closure of Belarusian Association of Journalists

The Supreme Court postponed the hearing of the lawsuit filed by the Ministry of Justice to liquidate BAJ to August 27 as BAJ had appealed against the Ministry's warning, the formal reason to ask for the shut down of BAJ.

10.08.2021

Belarusian PEN Center liquidated by Supreme Court

Minsk, 9 August. Judge Hanna Sakaloŭskaja of the Supreme Court of Belarus on Monday ordered the Belarusian PEN Center liquidated at the request of the justice ministry, according to the organization’s deputy chairperson, Tacciana Niadbaj.

06.08.2021

Novy Čas photojournalist Dzmitryj Dzmitryjeŭ sentenced to 15 days in jail

Minsk, 5 August. Dzmitryj Dzmitryjeŭ, a photojournalist with the newspaper Novy Čas, was sentenced to 15 days in jail on Thursday on a charge of disobeying police orders, reported the publication.

03.08.2021

Journalist Siarhiej Hardzijevič given 18-month prison sentence

Minsk, 2 August. Siarhiej Hardzijevič, a reporter with the website Pieršy Rehijon that covers local news in the Brest region, was sentenced Monday to 18 months in a minimum-security correctional institution for allegedly insulting and defaming Aliaksandr Lukašenka, as well as insulting two police officers in a Telegram chat, reported Pieršy Rehijon.

30.07.2021

BAJ received letter from Supreme Court with date of preliminary hearing on liquidation of BAJ

On July 30, BAJ received a letter from the Supreme Court with the date of the preliminary hearing on the liquidation of BAJ.

29.07.2021

Detained Naša Niva journalist Andrej Skurko diagnosed with pneumonia

Andrej Skurko, head of the online publication Naša Niva’s advertising and marketing department, has been diagnosed with pneumonia.

28.07.2021

Detained Naša Niva employee Andrej Skurko is thought to have COVID-19

Minsk, 27 July. Andrej Skurko, head of the online publication Naša Niva’s advertising and marketing department, has been admitted to the medical unit of Pretrial Detention Center No. 1 in Minsk with “structural changes to the lungs” and suspected COVID-19.  

Сайт и соцсети «Белсата» признали экстремистскими
28.07.2021

Website run by Belsat TV, its Telegram channel and sites on social media services declared extremist

Minsk, 27 July. The news website run by Belsat TV, its Telegram channel and its sites on Facebook, VKontakte and Instagram have been declared extremist in Belarus.

23.07.2021

Authorities liquidating dozens of NGOs

Minsk, 23 July. Belarus’ authorities have launched a process to liquidate dozens of NGOs, including key human rights groups, as they continue their unrelenting crackdown on civil society.

23.07.2021

BAJ set to appeal justice ministry’s warning used as reason for its possible closure

The Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) has expressed its intention to appeal the justice ministry’s warning used as a reason for a lawsuit seeing the organization’s closure.