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  • Figures of the year. Unprecedented repressions against journalists since August 2020

    BAJ presents data on an unprecedented wave of repression against the media in Belarus.

    Since the Elec­tion Day on August 9, 2020, the Belaru­sian media sphere has suf­fered huge loss­es: many media out­lets were ruined or forced to shut down, dozens of fel­low jour­nal­ists are behind bars, our col­leagues have been sen­tenced on crim­i­nal charges, hun­dreds of search­es, seizures of equip­ment, and arrests have been car­ried out, media employ­ees have been pros­e­cut­ed, and media out­lets and jour­nal­ists pun­ished with numer­ous fines

    Media fig­ures since August 9, 2020

    Jour­nal­ists detained — 497 times

    Vio­lence against jour­nal­ists, jour­nal­ists injured — 68 times

    Jour­nal­ists serv­ing admin­is­tra­tive arrests — 119 times

    As of today, behind bars — 29 media rep­re­sen­ta­tives

    Media rep­re­sen­ta­tives under crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion — over 50 peo­ple

    Search­es and inspec­tions in the homes of jour­nal­ists and media offices — 135

    Access blocked to over 100 news and media sites

    Pub­li­ca­tions that had to stop pub­lish­ing — 10

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