Press Freedom Week in Review

In the first week of May, Belarus celebrated a whole bunch of holidays, and press freedom day was not an exception. Although, there is not much freedom of the press here, as Freedom House described it in the recent report, and the media environment is not normal, as IREX aptly noticed, Belarusian journalists still enjoy enough freedom to talk about freedom, and that was the highlight of May 3rd.

Праз 25 гадоў пасля аднаўлення «Нашай Нівы» газета пераходзіць у інтэрнэт, на паперы зробіцца штомесячнікам 11.05.2016

Popular Belarusian-Language Newspaper Changes Format

After 25 years of publishing, the popular independent newspaper in the Belarusian language Nasha Niva changes its weekly format for monthly, with the prevailing medium to be the webpage


Belarus Blogger Wins The Bobs-2016 User Award in Russian

The blog of Viktar Malisheuski won the most voices in the international contest of Deutsche Welle The Bobs-2016 (Best of Online Activism) in the nomination "Best website or blog in the Russian language".


Investigative Committee Dismissed the Case of Pavel Dabravolski

After three months’ check-up, the investigative committee dismissed the claim of journalist Pavel Dabravolski that he had been unjustly beaten in court building.


E-NEWSLETTER: MASS MEDIA IN BELARUS Bulletin #1(47) (January – March 2016)

“There exists a certain probability that the Web-content will be tracked more actively than before, in order to stop dissemination of negative rumors or people’s self-organization attempts…”, - Pauliuk Bykouski, media expert.

Аўтар расследавання пра “чарнобыльскае” малако Юрась Карманаў: Гэта і ёсць грамадска значны інтарэс 27.04.2016

AP Report about Chernobyl Sparks Denials and Allegations of Provocation

Belarus authorities deny AP information that dairy products from a farm in the south of Belarus fall short of radioactive norms.


Brest Court Recognizes Two Books by Zianon Pazniak as Extremist Literature

On April 20, the Maskouski district court of Brest recognized two books by Zianon Pazniak "Good Photography" and "Defense of Kurapaty. People's Memorial" as extremist literature.

Кастусь Жукоўскі 18.04.2016

Recidivist from Journalism (interview from Abajour, abridged)

Kastus Zhukouski manages to do journalism, civil activism and defense of his own rights. Local law enforcement agencies take his name as a synonym to the word “opposition”. He is not going to reassure them, though.

Гомельскіх фрылансераў аштрафавалі 18.04.2016

Homel Freelancers Fined for 35 Basic Amounts Each

On April 15, the judge of the Central district court of Homel Aliaxei Piskunou fined Larysa Shchyrakova and Kastus Zhukouski for 35 basic amounts each under art. 22.9 of the Code of Administrative Violations for an article about the arrival to Homel of Jean-Yves Bouchardy, representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.