There are at least 33 journalists currently locked up inside Belarusian prisons. Reporters without Borders describes Belarus as Europe's most dangerous country for journalists, writes Steve Cannane is the ABC's Europe bureau chief in London.
This is reported by the Investigative Committee. Editor-in-chief of Rehijanalnaja Hazeta, Aliaksandr Mantsevich, is accused of "spreading deliberately false information defaming Belarus and its authorities."
The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) organized a round-table discussion in Kyiv about repressions and the situation with the independent media in Belarus. But the debate among the participants continued on other important issues, mainly the representation of Belarus and Belarusians in the Ukrainian media and why it is beneficial for Belarusians and Ukrainians to support each other despite the factors that drive them apart.
Joint statement by the Belarusian human rights community
According to BAJ sources, a criminal case has been started against Aliaksandr Mantsevich, the founder and editor-in-chief of Rehijanalnaja Hazeta. The details of the charges are unknown since the lawyer signed a non-disclosure plea.
Journalists Dzmitry Semchanka and Henadz Mazheika sentenced to 3 years in prison for inciting enmity
On March 23, in separate hearings, Minsk City Court sentenced Dzmitry Semchanka, a former All-national TV anchor, and Komsomolskaya Pravda correspondent Henadz Mazheika to three years in prison for "inciting enmity" against public officials.
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On 21 March, the trial of political TV commentator Dzmitry Semchanka started at Minsk City Court. The well-known regime promoter and head of the presidential pool of journalists was accused of "incitement of social hatred" by means of derogatory comments in Telegram groups. The maximum penalty under this article is up to five years in prison
Political prisoner Ihar Losik attempted suicide in the correctional facility, as reported by the Viasna human rights center.
On 17 March, Minsk City Court read out the sentence in the TUT.BY case.