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Belarus police raid independent media offices, detain journalists

August 8, 2018 4:25 PM ET

Kiev, August 8, 2018--Belarusian authorities should immediately release detained journalists and stop harassing independent media outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police raided the Minsk offices of at least three independent Belarusian news outlets and detained at least 17 journalists yesterday and today, accusing them of unlawfully...

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In Belarus, critical blogger Sergey Petrukhin faces new charges

July 31, 2018 4:41 PM ET

New York, July 31, 2018--Belarusian authorities should end their harassment of independent blogger Sergey Petrukhin and allow him to work without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court today charged Petrukhin with disobedience of an official order, according to the independent Belarusian Association of...

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Belarus sentences critical journalist to four years in a low-security prison colony

July 17, 2018 4:55 PM ET

Kiev, July 17, 2018--A Minsk court today found Belarusian journalist Dzmitry Halko guilty of assaulting a police officer, sentenced him to four years' labor at a low-security prison colony, and ordered him to pay restitution of 850 Belarusian rubles (US$430) to the officer, according to Halko's wife, Julia Garkusha,...

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Belarusian journalist to go on trial

July 6, 2018 5:33 PM ET

Kiev, July 6, 2018--Belarusian authorities should immediately release journalist Dzmitry Halko and drop all the charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Halko, also known as Dmitry Galko, is scheduled to be tried by a Minsk court on July 10 on charges of assaulting a police...

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Belarus moves to prosecute 'fake news,' control the Internet

June 8, 2018 5:03 PM ET

Kiev, June 8, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Belarusian parliament to reject proposed laws that could further censor the media in the country. The Prosecutor General's Office is drafting a bill on "fake news," and the lower house of parliament separately is considering amendments to...

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Belarusian police beat, detain journalist

February 27, 2018 10:06 AM ET

Four Belarussian police officers on February 18, 2018, attacked Andrus (Andrey) Kozel, a cameraperson for the independent TV station Belsat, while he was live streaming to Facebook from inside a polling station in central Minsk, media reported....

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Belarus cuts access to independent news website Charter97

February 1, 2018 5:27 PM ET

New York, February 1, 2018-- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Belarusian Ministry of Information to unblock access to the independent news website Charter 97. Natalya Radina, the site's editor-in-chief, told CPJ today that access to the site has been blocked in Belarus since January 24,...

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Justice Denied: Ukraine comes up empty in probe of Pavel Sheremet's murder

July 12, 2017 12:00 AM ET

A year after prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed by a car bomb in Kiev, no one has been arrested or prosecuted, even though Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed a swift investigation. Authorities say Russia is the prime suspect, but the lack of progress in the case, coupled with...

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July 12, 2017 12:00 AM ET

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July 12, 2017 12:00 AM ET

Ukraine must prove its commitment to credibly investigating Sheremet’s murder Pavel Sheremet was a journalist of rare caliber, one whose reporting exemplified the best practices in the countries he covered: Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. Despite threats and attacks during his career, Sheremet was not afraid to take on authorities....

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