Maryna Zolatava

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A large vehicle flanked by police officers holding shields blocks a city street.

Authorities block local news websites amid Belarus protests

Vilnius, Lithuania, September 14, 2020 – Authorities threatened last week to censor another major domestic news website in Belarus, where dozens remain blocked amid nationwide protests, local journalists told CPJ. On September 9, the Ministry of Information warned Tut.by, one of the most popular independent news websites in the country, that its reporting on a…

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Marina Zolatava, editor-in-chief of the Belarusian independent news site Tut.by, sits in a Minsk court room prior to her preliminary hearing on two charges on February 12. (AP/Sergei Grits)

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

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 inaction,” a charge comparable to negligence,…

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Police on parade as to mark the 100th anniversary of the Belarusian Police in Minsk, Belarus on March 4, 2017. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

Belarus police raid independent media offices, detain journalists

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 obtaining information from a state news…

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