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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering the European Games in Belarus

June 13, 2019 12:45 PM ET

The second European Games is scheduled to take place in Minsk, Belarus, from June 21 to June 30. Local and international journalists covering the Games should be aware of media regulations, the potential for data theft, and the risk of a digital security breach....

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Belarus: Use Europe Games to Spur Media Freedom

May 3, 2019 2:05 PM ET

Press Freedom Day Throws Spotlight on Need to Assure Safe Reporting Brussels, May 3, 2019--The European Olympic Committees (EOC) should establish a complaints hotline for journalists during the 2019 European Games, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Belarus will host the games, a multi-sport...

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Offices of independent Belarusian TV station Belsat raided in slander case

April 11, 2019 12:25 PM ET

New York, April 11, 2019 -- Belarusian authorities should immediately drop their criminal slander investigation of independent online television station Belsat and allow the broadcaster's reporters and staff to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Tut editor in Belarus court on charge of illegally accessing state media website

February 12, 2019 4:17 PM ET

Kiev, February 12, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Belarusian authorities to end their harassment of Maryna Zolatava, editor-in-chief of the country's largest independent news website, Tut.by. Zolatava appeared in court in Minsk today on charges of illegally accessing part of a state-owned news outlet's website and "official...

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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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