September 29, Homel freelance journalist and local history expert, BAJ member Yauhen Merkis was supposed to be released after serving a 15-day arrest on charges of participating in a protest march. However, he did not walk out of the detention center today. Yauhen managed to inform us from behind bars that the police leaves him there for another 12 days — to serve another 12 days from the jail term in August, when he was also arrested for 15 days for alleged participation in an unauthorized mass event.
15 journalists were arrested for covering protests against the presidential inauguration, electoral fraud and violence. Most of these journalists have been released, but 15 journalists are still in prison. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) demands their release.
Sunday, 27 September, was the 50th day of protests. People gathered to protest in Minsk and other Belarusian cities. According to the human rights center Viasna, about 360 people were detained. Among them, there were journalists.
On Saturday, September 26th, women held protest marches in Belarus. The police detained both protesters and journalists.
Journalists detained while greeting colleagues released from Akrestsina detention center. They were arrested and fined
Dzianis Hancharenka and Ales Lubianchuk were detained near Akrestsina detention center. They were there to greet their colleagues who had served 11 days in jail — photographers Alexander Vasukovich and Uladz Hrydzin.
Editor-in-chief of Nasha Niva Yahor Martsinovich is suspected under Article 188 of the Criminal Code (libel). He will spend the next three days in an isolation ward.
Nasha Niva journalist Natalia Lubneuskaya was wounded on August 10 -- an unknown riot policeman shot her in the leg at close range. The criminal case has still not been started, and the Investigative Committee is still conducting a "chekup".
While covering the March of Justice on Sunday in Minsk, journalist Dzianis Borshch and blogger of "Not on TV" channel Siarhei Kazlovich were detained in Minsk.
Photogphers get 11 days of jail. They covered the protests, while the court ruled they were protesters
TUT.BY's Uladz Hrydzin and Novy Chas' Alexander Vasukovich were detained on September 13. They spent three days at Akrestsina detention center before the end of the trial.
The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) welcomes the agreement reached on Thursday at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to send an international expert mission to Belarus.
The EFJ affiliate in Belarus, the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), celebrates today its 25th anniversary in a particularly hostile context. The EFJ is proud of Belarusian colleagues in their struggle for media freedom and against repression and censorship. We call on all journalists’ organisations and all journalists to show solidarity with colleagues in Belarus. Use the hashtag #BAJ25RAZAM on social networks.
For 25 years, BAJ has been keeping guard over the rights and interests of our colleagues.