Digest March 25, Will be Updated

The office of HRC Viasna detained


March 24: Our News Digest

BAJ Chair Meets PACE Rapporteur on Belarus OSCE/ODIHR Won’t Monitor Independence Day Action Several People Fined for Facebook Posts about Protest Actions One State Channel Gets a New Head Website Editor Summoned to Investigative Committee in Orsha Three Journalists Summoned to the Prosecutor’s Office and to Police in Homel Journalists Detained at the Public Solidarity Point Joint Statement of Belarusian Human Rights Organizations  


Website Editor Fined for an Article about an Action

The Maladzechna district court found an editor of the regional website guilty for violating the law on mass events by publishing an article.

Блогеру Максіму Філіповічу далі яшчэ пяць сутак 23.03.2017

Blogger to Spend 19 Days in Jail

Blogger Maxim Filipovich was sentenced to 14 days’ arrest for participation in an unsanctioned mass event; but today a judge in another trial added 5 days more, reports the Radio Svaboda.


IFJ and EFJ Speak For Belarus Journalists

The International and European Federation of Journalists (IFJ and EFJ) have joined their affiliate, the Belarus Association of Journalists (BAJ), in expressing grave concerns over the latest detention of three journalists today, making a total of 31 detainees in the last three weeks.


Journalist Fined for Contribution to Belsat in Pinsk

Wednesday morning, Viktar Yarashuk was detained in Pinsk by plain-clothed persons and taken to te police department.


Information Ministry Warns Nasha Niva

The Ministry of Information issued a warning to Nasha Niva newspaper for eight comments on the website; the warning dated March 14 says the comments “might damage national interests of Belarus”.

Press conference on recent detentions of journalists 20.03.2017

Press conference on recent detentions of journalists

As of March 10, the monitoring service of BAJ registered 28 detentions of journalists. Mass media representatives were detained while covering street protests against decree No3.

Мининформ вынес предупреждение порталу TUT.BY 18.03.2017

Ministry of Information Warns Portal

The Ministry of Information issued a warning to for a report about Belarusian volunteers at Donbass war fighting for Ukraine; the respective letter was sent to the editorial office of the website on March 17, the warning was dated March 14.