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.
The Central European Initiative and the South East Europe Media Organisation, in special partnership with the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, have announced the winners of the “CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2016”: Lindita Çela in the section “Professional Journalists” and Artsiom Harbatsevich in the section “Young Professional Journalists”.
At the conference Delovoy Internet, the founder of magazine Imena Katsiaryna Siniuk told about the most successful actions, psychological pressure and work of the first public-supported mass medium.
The respective ruling of the Ministry of Culture, dated September 15 (PDF), bans production and distribution of materials encouraging suicide. The ruling was endorsed by Ministers of Information, Trade and Healthcare.
In all interviews, Eduard Palchys says that he hasn’t got used to being a media person after the release. The press service of BAJ asked several questions to the “ordinary man” – about intelligence investigations over Belarusian activists by FSB, depression in detention, Russian-language nationalism and mass media reach in prisons.
E-NEWSLETTER: MASS MEDIA IN BELARUS Bulletin #3(49). Mass Media in the Period of Elections to the Chamber of Representatives. (July – September 2016)
Mass Media in the Period of Elections to the Chamber of Representatives
Alena Spasiuk got accredited upon entrance to the international conference on health and environment as a reporter of BelaPAN news agency; however, five minutes later, administration of the Republican Research and Practical Center demanded her to leave the room of the meeting.
Public association of the Belarusian Association of Journalists welcomes the release of the blogger Eduard Palchys following the decision of the Minsk City Court on October 28.
Eduard Palchys, or penname John Silver, was found guilty of inciting hatred and production or distribution of porn materials and sentenced to 1 year 9 months of freedom restriction, without transfer to a penal colony.
In 2017, 47 million euro from the Belarusian budget will be allocated for support of mass media; this makes three million more than in 2016.