BAJ summed up the main events of 2016, the story retold by BAJ lawyer Aleh Aheyeu.
On December 22, the Economic Court of Minsk, Judge Tatsiana Sapieha, sustained the claim of Milkavita dairy company against Associated Press reporter Yuras Karmanau: the correspondent has to write and send to the news agency refutation of the report about radiation detected in milk produced a few kilometers away from the Chernobyl zone.
Unofficial sources report that the Polish Government is planning to cut down on the budget of Belsat TV channel, a unit within the TVP company. The cut by two thirds for 2017 has not yet been approved, but rumors of the existing draft document have been confirmed by Agnieszka Romaszewska, chief director of Belsat, reports the Polish website wpolityce.pl.
Since early December, authorities in Belarus have blocked Tor – the program that enables anonymous access to websites including those that are blocked for some reasons by national operators. The Ministry of Communications explained that the sanction was aimed to prevent access to banned resources rather than to prevent anonymous access.
On the eve of the Human Rights Day, human rights community in Belarus awards most prominent activists of the year.
The Investigative Committee have initiated criminal cases under article 130 (inciting hatred) against Yury Paulavets and Dzmitry Alimkin, the official statement confirms on December 8.
On December 7, BAJ representatives had a meeting with Information Minister Liliya Ananich to discuss the burning issues of journalistic community.
On December 7, the Economic Court of Minsk continued consideration of the lawsuit filed by Milkavita dairy company against an AP correspondent Yuras Karmanau.
Today, on November 28, a commemorative party is gathering to remember the journalist Pavel Sheremet, who died in a car bombing in Kyiv in July this year. The party starts at 6 pm in Gallery “Ў” in Minsk.
On November 24, the European Parliament voted on a resolution saying that Belarus’ progress in upholding democratic values has been “insufficient”. They note that Belarus is taking new political prisoners, harassing the opposition, using capital punishment, and failing to address safety concerns about its first nuclear power plant, being built in Astravets.