Freelance Journalist Beaten and Detained for Streaming from Polling Station in Minsk, to Be Put on Trial on Monday
Reportedly, a freelance journalist Andrus Koziel was beaten hard by police officers and convoyed from a polling station to Central City District Police Department in Minsk on February 18, 2018. According to the police report, the journalist was accused of disobedience to the police. Consequently, he was sent to the pre-trial detention centre in Akrestsin street in Minsk. The trial will take place on Monday, February 19th.
On February 12, the spokesperson of Supreme Court of Belarus Yuliya Liaskova informed the Belarusian Association of Journalists about the start of litigation against a Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sharoyka.
The Ministry of Information will focus on the internet, social media, and accounts that convey information to the consumer in its work, Aliaksandr Karliukevich said.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has appointed new heads of a number of state-owned mass media, BelTA informs.
Yury Paulavets, Dzmitry Alimkin, and Siarhei Shyptenka have been found guilty of collective incitement of hatred on the ground of national identity (article 130 of Belarus Criminal Court).
The Belarusian Association of Journalists Requested the Constitutional Court of Belarus to Protect Freelance Journalists
The Belarusian Association of Journalists and the Belarusian Helsinki Committee have directed a common appeal to the Constitutional Court of Belarus with a request to express opinion concerning the legal uncertainty that causes further judicial persecution of journalists on charges under article 22.9 of Belarus Code on Administrative Offenses.
The popular opposition website Charter97.org does not open in Belarus. When one tries to enter the site, it either does not load or a window pops up saying that the website has been added to the list of restricted webpages.
A sentence in the case of Belarusian-born authors of Russian chauvinistic website will be delivered in February, 2.
The case of Belsat TV ‘illegal use of the Belsat trademark’ got unexpected continuation. On Tuesday Pershamayski District court in Minsk ruled to confiscate some equipment that was seized from Belsat TV during the search in March (two computer processing units, two monitors, two disk drives, a laptop and a video camera ). The verdict was delivered by judge Anastasiya Papko.
Lukashenka’s Former Press-Secretary Appointed to the Position of Deputy Minister of Information of Belarus
The Council of Ministers has issued a decree to appoint Pavel Liohki to the position of Deputy Minister of Information of Belarus. He dismissed the post of Minister-Councilor of the Embassy of Belarus to Russia at that.
The ‘Vitsiebsk People’s News’ Web-site Editor Siarhei Sierabro Accuses CTV Channel of Stealing his Photos
The journalist from Vitsiebsk doesn’t plan to lodge a claim to the judicial or other authorities in Belarus. However, he is utterly irritated with this situation.