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).
Belarusian Association of Journalists strongly protests against the increasing administrative prosecution of freelance journalists whose materials are published in foreign mass media.
BAJ Statement: 15 Years since Abduction of Dzmitry Zavadski
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.
The figure was mentioned by Information Minister Liliya Ananich at the press conference on June 30.
At the EFJ Annual Meeting in Budva, Montenegro, June 1 - 2, EFJ made a statement on the situation of freelancers in Belarus.
The Supreme Court of Belarus calls on the Polish authorities to ban Belsat TV from using its trade mark.
On May 7, the jury of the creative contest for journalists Volnaye Slova (Free Word) announced the names of the winners; the awarding ceremony is held traditionally at the beginning of May, dedicated to the Press Freedom Day.
This is a unanimous decision taken by delegates of the IX Congress of BAJ on April 24 in Minsk. Zhanna Litvina, who had performed the functions for almost 20 years, announced she would not suggest her candidacy for the post.