Raids targeting journalists continued for a second day in Belarus on Friday.
The authorities raided the homes and offices and detained my regional journalists yesterday.
Minsk, 8 July. Belarus’ authorities on Thursday blocked access to Naša Niva’s website and made arrests and conducted raids in what appeared to be a crackdown on the popular independent online publication.
On May 18, 2021, the authorities sealed the office of the largest independent online media in Belarus — TUT.BY, detained everyone who was there and blocked access to the website. 15 people are still under arrest: current and former employees of TUT.BY, and its partners. According to the State Control Committee, a criminal case has been opened against the executives of TUT BY MEDIA LLC. It is Article 243 part 2 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus — «taxes and fees evasion at especially large scale». The process of declaring the informational products of the portal as extremist materials has also begun. Most of the editorial staff were forced to leave the country. All this time, the news of the portal is published only in official media accounts on social media and Telegram. Part of the team decided to continue full-fledged work on covering the situation in the country and is launching its own media — Zerkalo.io.
Today, 20 years turns since Dzmitry Zavadski disappeared; no body has been recovered, no full points in the criminal case. July 7 marks the 20th anniversary of the disappearance of our colleague Dmitry Zavadsky under unknown circumstances. In previous years, on July 7, we came with portraits of Dmitry to the home, where he came out that morning. But today it is impossible to guarantee the safety of colleagues while even standing silently with a portrait. But memory is impossible to kill. Steal. Detain, fine or throw for a day. Therefore, on July 7 we urge all colleagues to remember Dmitry Zavadsky at his workplace with a minute of silence. We remember!
Alieh Supruniuk, an editor of the news website Pieršy Rehijon, was arrested at his home in Brest late on Tuesday.
Minsk, 3 July. Aliaksandr Ivulin, a sports journalist and soccer player who was handed a 30-day jail sentence in early June, has been declared a suspect in a criminal case, according to media reports.
Index on Censorship and 13 other human rights, freedom of expression, media freedom, and journalists’ organisations unreservedly condemn the arbitrary detention and judicial harassment of human rights defender and journalist Andrei Aliaksandrau, who is now facing up to 15 years in prison on baseless charges of “treason to the state”.
DW Akademie is deeply concerned that its long-time trainer, Andrei Aliaksandrau, has been charged with high treason in Belarus and now faces up to 15 years in prison.
Horrible testimony of political prisoner Dziadok in court: smothered with a pillow to give out passwords
on July 1, the Minsk city court continued to hear the case of Mikalai Dziadok. He is charged under three articles of the Criminal Code but pleads not guilty. Today Dziadok testified in court. Mikola Dziadok is an author in Novy Chas, blogger, and activist of the anarchist movement. Dziadok was detained on the night of November 11, 2020 by the officers of GUBOPiK (Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption) and Interior Ministry in a country house in the town of Sasnovy. The following charges were pressed against him: Article 342 of the Criminal Code — Organizing and preparing activities that breach public order or active participation in them; Article 361 of the Criminal Code — calling to actions aimed at causing damage to the national security of Belarus; and Article 295 of the Criminal Code — illegal actions in relation to firearms, ammunition and explosives