Imprisoned Belarus journalist Katsiaryna Andreyeva begins new trial on treason charges

Journalist Katsiaryna Andreyeva gestures inside a defendants’ cage in a court room in Minsk, Belarus, on February 18, 2021. Katsiaryna Andreyeva recently began a new trial on treason charges. (AP Photo)

On July 4, Belarusian journalist Katsiaryna Andreyeva’s trial on treason charges started behind closed doors in the southeastern city of Homel. Andreyeva, a correspondent for Poland-based independent broadcaster Belsat TV, has been imprisoned since November 2020, when she was detained alongside camera operator Daria Chultsova while livestreaming protests against President Aleksandr Lukashenko’s rule.

Gulnoza Said, CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, called on Belarusian authorities to “immediately stop this sham trial and release Katsiaryna Andreyeva and all other imprisoned journalists.” She added, “Trying an already-jailed journalist on trumped-up retaliatory charges only shows the vindictive nature of the Belarusian government under President Aleksandr Lukashenko. It’s clear that nothing will stop authorities from trying to silence those who covered the 2020 protests demanding Lukashenko’s resignation.”

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Deaths in Ukraine

Motive confirmed (12)

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Ihor Hudenko, Freelance, killed in Kharkiv on February 26
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Yevhenii Sakun, LIVE, killed in Kyiv on March 1
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Viktor Dedov, Sigma-TV, killed in Mariupol on March 11
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Oksana Haidar, Freelance, killed in Shevchenkove around March 11 – April 7
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Brent Renaud, Time, killed in Irpin on March 13
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Maks Levin, LB.ua, body found April 1 near Huta-Mezhyhirska, missing on March 13
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Pierre Zakrzewski, Fox News, killed in Horenka on March 14
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Oleksandra Kuvshynova, Fox News, killed in Horenka on March 14
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Oksana Baulina, The Insider, killed in Kyiv on March 23
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Mantas Kvedaravicius, Freelance, killed in Mariupol on April 2
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Vira Hyrych, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, killed in Kyiv on April 28
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Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, BFMTV, killed in Lysychansk on May 30

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Zoreslav Zamoysky, Freelance, killed in Bucha around March 4 – April 12
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Roman Nezhyborets, Dytynets, killed in Yahidne around March 5-9
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Yevhenii Bal, Freelance, killed in Manhush on April 2


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British freelance journalist Dom Phillips went missing on June 5, 2022, during a reporting trip in the Brazilian Amazon, and his remains were found with gunshot wounds on June 15. Reports later found that Phillips and Indigenous issues expert Bruno Pereira, who was traveling with him, were shot and killed the morning they went missing.

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