On September 12, history and politics scientist, the editor of newspaper Novy Chas Aliaxei Karol died of a serious disease.
On August 31, the newspaper Novy Chas again requested for services of Belsayuzdruk, state distributor of printed press.
Aleh Byabenin died in suspicious circumstances. On 3 September 2010, he was found by his brother and his friends hanging from the stairway of his country house outside of Minsk.
On August 22, Aliaksandr Lukashenka released six political prisoners, including BAJ member Yauhen Vaskovich.
On August 19, journalists Ales Kirkevich and Ales Dzianisau were found guilty of violating art. 22.9 of the Administrative Code and fined 25 basic amounts each (4.5 million rubles).
According to article 23.33 of the Administrative Code,the non-state newspaper can be fined for up to 500 basic amounts (90 million rubles, more than 5,000 eur).
Tatsiana Smotkina was fined for 4.5 million rubles under art. 22.9 (illegal production and distribution of mass media products).
BAJ Statement: 15 Years since Abduction of Dzmitry Zavadski
Belarusian Association of Journalists strongly protests against the increasing administrative prosecution of freelance journalists whose materials are published in foreign mass media.
On July 2, the judge of the Lenin court in Brest fined Ales Liauchuk, non-staff journalist of BelaPAN, with the maximum penalty (50 basic amounts) according to administrative art. 22.9.