Friday, June 19, was the last day when signatures for nomination of presidential candidates could be collected in Belarus. A series of pickets was held all across the country. Many people took to the streets to participate in the peaceful protests against the policy of Alexander Lukashenka. The arrested journalists were covering these protests. Police officers and riot police (omon) arrested the protesters and the journalists covering the events.
Пасля сустрэчы з Віктарам Бабарыкам у Салігорску міліцыя затрымала журналістаў тэлеканала “Белсат” Аляксандра Баразенку і Галіну Абакунчык.
Halina Abakunchyk was accused of working for foreign media without accreditation.
On June 10, journalist Zmitser Mitskevich and cameraman Syarhei Kavaliou who were livestreaming a picket in support of incumbent president Alyaksandr Lukashenka were detained in the Belarusian city of Hrodna.
Defamation, copyright, and a ban on fines to freelancers — BAJ takes part in discussion of the new Code of Administrative Offences
On May 27, the authorities wrapped up the public discussion of the draft Code of Administrative Offences (CAO) and the Procedural and Executive Code of Administrative Offences (PECAO). As part of the discussion, the Belarusian Association of Journalists proposed a number of important amendments to the draft laws that can significantly improve the rights of citizens in the field of mass media.
On June 5, Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya‘s initiative group collected signatures for her nominating a presidential candidate in the town of Zhodzina. A Belsat TV crew started livestreaming the event at 15.30.
On June 4, Alena Dubovik, a freelance journalist who contributes to Belsat, and cameraman Ales Barazenka were detained in the town of Babruysk where they were covering wannabe presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s pre-election picket.
On May 26, Zmitser Lupach, a journalist from the town of Hlybokaye, appeared before Sharkaushchyna district court.
Journalists Alexander Burakou and Ales Asiptsou were released from temporary detention center in Mahiliou. Both journalists served ten days of jail for alleged participation in unauthorized mass events.
Mahiliou police arrested freelance journalist Alexander Burakou Jr.
Human Rights House Foundation: Belarusian authorities must cease attacks on human rights defenders and journalists
Human Rights House Foundation is observing with increasing concern the wave of arrests and disappearances of human rights defenders and journalists across Belarus. Against the backdrop of worrying increases in COVID-19 infections and the August 2020 Presidential elections, the actions by Belarusian authorities to intimidate human rights defenders and limit the spread of information by independent journalists are alarming.
At the moment, 4 journalists are serving arrests under Art. 23.34 Part 1 "Violation of the order of organization or holding mass events."