Belarusian journalist Yauhen Merkis sentenced to 4 years in prison

In response to a Belarusian court sentencing journalist Yauhen Merkis to four years in prison on Tuesday, May 30, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the statement.


Homel journalist and local history expert Yauhen Merkis was sentenced to 4 years

On May 30, the Homel Regional Court announced its verdict for journalist, historian, and local history expert Yauhen Merkis who received 4 years of imprisonment in a enhanced regime  colony. Judge Aliaksei Khlyshchankou found Merkis guilty under Part 1 and Part 2 of Article 361-4 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus ("Assistance to extremist activity"), as well as under Part 3 of Article 361-1 of the Criminal Code ("Participation in extremist formation").


Discussing and sharing good practices in investigative reporting project management

Online workshop with Belarusian media professionals organized by the Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ) in partnership with the non-profit investigative journalism center Direkt36


Journalists are not criminals! An action was held in the center of Malmö in support of Belarusian colleagues

The initiative to this gathering was taken by the “Organization for exchange between BAJ and SJF (Swedish Union of Journalists)” and invited were Frilans Syd, organization for freelancers in southern Sweden, Swedish Pen as well as staff journalists.


Businessman and publisher of Baranavichy newspaper Shag evacuated from Belarus

This was reported by Andrei Stryzhak, head of the BYSOL Foundation, in his Telegram channel.


Belarusian Blogger Raman Pratasevich, Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison, Says He Was Pardoned

Raman Pratasevich, a former editor of an opposition Telegram channel who was handed a prison term earlier this month after the commercial flight he was on was forced to land in Minsk in 2021, told journalists on May 22 that he had received a pardon.


Over 100 Nobel Laureates join PEN International in support of Nobel Peace Prize winner Ales Bialiatski

21 May: PEN International, the literary and free expression organisation, has released a letter signed by 103 Nobel Laureates, expressing solidarity with writer, human rights defender, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and PEN member Ales Bialiatski, and condemning the Belarusian authorities’ brutal, relentless, and systematic crackdown on independent voices. Today marks the International Day of Solidarity with Prisoners of Conscience in Belarus. The solidarity action was featured in the Guardian.


Civil society groups reaffirm continued solidarity with Belarusian political prisoners

Today, marking the Day of the Political Prisoner in Belarus, the undersigned organisations reiterate our condemnation of the Lukashenko regime's ruthless crackdown on civil society and independent media. We continue to stand in solidarity with courageous Belarusians who persist in their fight for freedom. The international community will keep demanding the unconditional release of all political prisoners.  


MOST website and social media pages of its editor-in-chief declared “extremist formations”

MOST Media and its social media pages, as well as other projects and personal social media accounts of Hrodna journalist Ruslan Kulevich, have been declared “extremist formations” by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus.