New York, May 16, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's conviction and
sentencing of Irina Khalip, the Minsk-based correspondent for the independent
Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, and
calls on Belarusian authorities to acquit her on appeal.
Today, the Zavodskoi District Court in Minsk declared Khalip guilty of "organizing and preparing activities severely disruptive of public order," and gave her a two-year suspended prison term, local and international press reported. The charges stem from her critical reporting on the December 19 protests in Minsk against the rigged presidential vote held the same day.