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The presidential elections on October 11 went by with many violations of journalists’ rights, such as denial of information on electoral updates, interference into their work at and near polling stations, bans to take photo and video recording.
The independent newspaper Nasha Niva remarked that minutes at some polling stations were re-written after finalization of ballots count. The data publicized upon completion of counting of ballots at precinct electoral commissions did not coincide with respective results announced further at territorial electoral commissions.
Blogger Viktar Nikitsenka was detained, beaten and then fined at a protest action against the Russian military airbase on October 13.
The first press conference of the Nobel prize winner in literature Sviatlana Alexievich was held in the editorial office of the “Nasha Niva” newspaper. The writer described her first feelings when she learnt that she’d got the prize.
On October 8, BAJ has become full-time member of IFEX.
BAJ congratulates Sviatlana Alexievich with winning the Nobel Prize in Literature which was announced today by the Swedish Academy.
A journalist from non-state newspaper Intex-press wanted to know the number of citizens who had voted in the early vote; however, the chairperson of the Baranavichy city electoral commission Tamara Shukala said that they did not have this information.
The famous graffiti on the wall of a house in Vitebsk was painted over with three ugly grey squares, a typical sign of work of municipal dwelling services.
Monitoring: The Coverage of the 2015 Presidential Election in the Belarusian Media (21 September – 4 October, 2015)
Report No. 3 07 October, 2015 Minsk, Belarus