Alena Tsimashchuk

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A Belarusian border guard patrols in the Brest region at the border with Ukraine in February 2023. On June 3, 2024, a court in the city of Brest convicted and sentenced journalist Alena Tsimashchuk to five years in prison but the grounds for her charges have not been disclosed. (Photo: AFP/Natalia Kolesnikova)

Belarus jails journalist Alena Tsimashchuk for 5 years; reason for charges undisclosed

New York, June 20, 2024—Belarusian authorities must immediately disclose the reasons behind charges against journalist Alena Tsimashchuk, who was sentenced to five years imprisonment, and ensure that no members of the press are jailed for their work. On June 3, a court in the southwestern city of Brest convicted Tsimashchuk of discrediting Belarus, “incitement to…

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