OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media urges immediate and unconditional release of all detained journalists in Belarus
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Teresa Ribeiro, urged today the public authorities in Belarus to free all journalists and other media workers who have been sentenced, arrested or detained in the country. Most of these journalists were apprehended for their reporting on public events and other political developments in the country, reports OSCE.
On Tuesday morning, Belsat got information about more cases of apprehending Belarusian media workers.
On May 28 police detained Hlafira Zhuk, a journalist from Minsk. Next evening, she was found in the Maskouski district police department, charged with violation of an Administrative Code. Later the journalist was transferred to Akrestsina detention center. On May 31 Maskouski district court of Minsk sentenced Ms Zhuk to 30 days of jail.
Alyaksei Shota had his laptop, phone, three old hard drives, and a WRW umbrella taken away.
TUT.BY journalist Lyubou Kaspyarovich was released on Saturday, 29 May. According to her colleagues, the girl spent 15 days in the remand prison on Akrestsin Street but still was in a good mood.
Sofia Sapega has been charged under Article 130 part 3 of the Criminal Code - "incitement of racial, ethnic, religious or other social hatred or discord." She is facing up to 12 years in prison.
lawyer Inessa Alenskaya says she has no access to her client and insists on an urgent medical examination of Raman Pratasevich.
A few days ago, journalist Ihar Ilyash, the husband of our imprisoned collegue Katsyaryna Andreyeva, was informed that his wife was transferred to the penal colony in Homiel, where she would serve the term.
Aleksandr Lukashenko has signed a law that amends the legislation on mass media, BelTA has learned.
Amidst all these censorship and harassment tactics the women journalists are risking their lives when they cover the protests and report on the state’s atrocities from the frontlines. Many women journalists have been detained and forced to stay silent. In detentions, they suffer assaults at the hands of authorities. Some of the excruciating details of the tortures in these detention centers were also exposed by the women journalists.
On Monday, Tsentralny district court of Minsk started hearing the cases of Belsat TV support staff detained on May, 21.