Belarus / Europe & Central Asia

Journalists attacked in Belarus since 1992

  

Belarus police attack and detain journalists amid election protests

Vilnius, Lithuania, August 10, 2020 — Belarusian authorities should refrain from assaulting and detaining journalists covering protests, and should hold police officers accountable for attacks on the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, riot police in Minsk, the capital, assaulted at least four journalists and detained at least five, according to news…

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Belarusian journalists detained ahead of presidential elections

Vilnius, Lithuania, August 6, 2020 — Belarusian authorities should immediately release blogger Evgeniy Vasilkov and allow him and other journalists to freely and safely cover upcoming presidential elections, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.    On July 31, police arrested Vasilkov, a blogger who also works as a mechanic, at his garage in Khoiniki, near…

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Belarus police detain at least 17 journalists covering protests in support of opposition candidates

New York, July 16, 2020 — Belarusian authorities should stop harassing, detaining, and charging members of the press covering protests in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 14 and 15, police in the cities of Minsk, Brest, and Homel detained at least 17 journalists covering protests against the Central Electoral…

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Belarusian authorities detain at least 6 bloggers since June 15

Vilnius, Lithuania, July 1, 2020 – Belarusian authorities should immediately release all journalists held for their work, and allow the press to cover the country’s upcoming elections without fear of prosecution, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.  Since June 15, authorities throughout the country have arrested at least six bloggers, according to news reports. Speaking…

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Independent media advocate and journalist tell of challenges covering Belarus’s upcoming elections and coronavirus

As Belarus’s August 9, 2020, presidential election nears with President Aleksandr Lukashenko vying to remain in power after 26 years in office, press freedom advocates say Belarusian authorities are cracking down on journalists and government critics.  Over three days starting June 25, Belarusian authorities arrested several popular bloggers: Ihor Losik, Serhei Petrukhin, Aleksandr Kabanau, Volodimir…

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Police detain journalists covering protests in Belarus, charge 3

Vilnius, Lithuania, June 22, 2020 – Belarusian authorities should stop prosecuting and harassing journalists covering protests, the Committee to Protect Journalist said today.  On June 19, police officers detained at least 14 journalists covering protests in Minsk, the capital, and other cities against the reelection of President Aleksandr Lukashenko, and today, local courts convicted three…

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Soldiers are seen in Minsk, Belarus, on April 9, 2020. Security forces recently arrested five journalists for their coverage of an opposition candidate. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Belarus jails 5 journalists over coverage of opposition candidate

Vilnius, Lithuania, May 15, 2020 — Belarusian authorities should immediately release the journalists detained over their coverage of the country’s political opposition, and let the press work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Security guards are seen in Borisov, Belarus, on April 24, 2020. Belarus recently cancelled the accreditations for two journalists covering COVID-19. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Belarus cancels 2 journalists’ accreditations after covering COVID-19 deaths

Vilnius, Lithuania, May 8, 2020 – Belarusian authorities should reinstate the accreditations of journalists Aleksey Kruchinin and Sergey Panasyuk and allow them to report freely and safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A medical worker is seen in Minsk, Belarus, on March 13, 2020. Journalist Siarhei Satsuk was recently detained on bribery charges after publishing reporting on COVID-19. (AP/Sergei Grits)

Belarusian journalist Siarhei Satsuk detained on bribery charges after publishing COVID-19 report

Vilnius, Lithuania, March 31, 2020 – Belarusian authorities should immediately release journalist Siarhei Satsuk and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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10 Most Censored Countries

The list addresses only those countries where the government tightly controls the media. The conditions for journalists and press freedom in states such as Syria, Yemen, and Somalia are also extremely difficult, but not necessarily attributable solely to government censorship. Rather, factors like violent conflict, insufficient infrastructure, and the role of non-state actors create conditions that are dangerous for…

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