In the first week of May, Belarus celebrated a whole bunch of holidays, and press freedom day was not an exception. Although, there is not much freedom of the press here, as Freedom House described it in the recent report, and the media environment is not normal, as IREX aptly noticed, Belarusian journalists still enjoy enough freedom to talk about freedom, and that was the highlight of May 3rd.
After 25 years of publishing, the popular independent newspaper in the Belarusian language Nasha Niva changes its weekly format for monthly, with the prevailing medium to be the webpage nn.by.
The blog of Viktar Malisheuski antijournalist.by won the most voices in the international contest of Deutsche Welle The Bobs-2016 (Best of Online Activism) in the nomination "Best website or blog in the Russian language".
After three months’ check-up, the investigative committee dismissed the claim of TUT.by journalist Pavel Dabravolski that he had been unjustly beaten in court building.
Belarus authorities deny AP information that dairy products from a farm in the south of Belarus fall short of radioactive norms.
On April 20, the Maskouski district court of Brest recognized two books by Zianon Pazniak "Good Photography" and "Defense of Kurapaty. People's Memorial" as extremist literature.
On April 15, the judge of the Central district court of Homel Aliaxei Piskunou fined Larysa Shchyrakova and Kastus Zhukouski for 35 basic amounts each under art. 22.9 of the Code of Administrative Violations for an article about the arrival to Homel of Jean-Yves Bouchardy, representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
On April 12, the Frunzenski district court of Minsk found Aliaksandr Lapitski guilty according to articles 368, 369 and 361 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (public insult against the president, public officials and judges while performing professional duties).
Dmitri Kiselyov, the director general of the Russian state-owned news agency Rossiya Segodnya, came to present an online portal which will be shaping “a just image of Russia”.
On April 5, judge Tamara Zastaunetskaya imposed a fine of 5 million 250 thousand rubles (260 USD) on Larysa Shchyrakova for her report on malfunctioning gas equipment.
On March 25, the two-month term expired given to hold an investigation into the incident when a correspondent, alongside with two protesters, was beaten in the building of the Frunzenski district court.