On 15 June, the Tsentralny District Court of Minsk pronounced a verdict for Aksana Kolb, Novy Chas editor-in-chief. She got 2.5 years of imprisonment in an open correctional facility.
Photographer Yauhen Yerchak was detained in Minsk on June 13. A “penitential video” and photos of the search were circulated by pro-government Telegram channels.
MINSK -- A court in Minsk has sentenced sociologist Tatsyana Vadalaskaya to a lengthy prison sentence while prosecutors in another case have recommended a harsh sentence for journalist Aksana Kolb on charges related to protests against the disputed results of a presidential election in August 2020 that handed authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka a sixth term in power.
MINSK -- Four journalists from the banned BelaPAN news agency have gone on trial in Minsk as the Belarusian government continues to crack down on independent media following mass protests sparked by a disputed presidential election in August 2020 that handed victory to authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
Journalists are not criminals! Five media representatives’ trials about to start in Belarus STATEMENT
MINSK -- RFE/RL correspondent Aleh Hruzdzilovich, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison by Belarusian authorities for allegedly participating in demonstrations that he says he was covering as a journalist, has been transferred to a penal colony in the country’s east.
Six Belarusian media workers have their court hearings scheduled for June. Andrei Aliaksandrau, Dzmitry Navazhylau, Iryna Leushyna, Aksana Kolb, Andrei Kuznechyk, Iryna Slaunikava, and Katsiaryna Andrejeva face from 3 to 15 years in prison. Below is a list of charges and hearings dates.
On May 26, in the village of Kryvichy (Iuje District), police detained journalist Ales Liubianchuk.
Open Letter To Imprisoned Journalists And Media Workers In Belarus by Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Representative for Human Rights
21 May is the Day of the Political Prisoner in Belarus.
On 18 May, KGB officers detained Kanstantsin Zalatykh, director of the Belorusy i Rynok newspaper, Yulia Kakhno, a bookkeeper of the newspaper, and Andrei Aleksandrovich, Belorusy i Rynok editor-in-chief.