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    Special proceedings initiated against blogger Anton Matolka under 13 criminal articles

    In Belarus, blog­ger Anton Matol­ka was charged under 13 arti­cles of the Crim­i­nal Code. The cre­ator of Belarus­ki Hajun, a media project ded­i­cat­ed to cov­er­ing the move­ment of Russ­ian troops and mil­i­tary equip­ment in Belarus, and a for­mer blog­ger-urban­ist is accused of attempt­ing to seize pow­er, extrem­ism, and high trea­son.
    23.07.2024
    News

    Association of Political Prisoners of Belarus’ website blocked in Belarus

    The State Inspec­torate of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions under the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Infor­ma­tion has blocked access to the web­site of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Polit­i­cal Pris­on­ers of Belarus. The web­site apbel.com was cen­sored at the request of the pros­e­cu­tor of the Mahilou Region, Valer Kulikovich. The prosecutor’s office said the deci­sion was based on vio­la­tions of the […]
    19.07.2024
    News

    Mailboxes for letters to imprisoned Belarusian journalists set up in Helsinki

    On 8 August, Reporters With­out Bor­ders in coop­er­a­tion with the Merk­ki-Media muse­um and archives will organ­ise an action in sol­i­dar­i­ty with Belaru­sian jour­nal­ists behind bars.
    18.07.2024
    News

    London to host exhibition of works by Belarusian political prisoners

    An evening of art, cin­e­ma and activism enti­tled «Let­ters from Lukashenka’s Polit­i­cal Pris­on­ers» will take place in Lon­don on August 5. The event is orga­nized by Index on Cen­sor­ship, an orga­ni­za­tion that cam­paigns for free­dom of expres­sion. The orga­niz­ers will hold an exhi­bi­tion of works by Belaru­sian polit­i­cal pris­on­ers and screen the film «The Acci­den­tal […]
    17.07.2024
    News

    Former Tut.by employees to stand trial in absentia

    On July 15 the Min­sk City Court began the tri­al in absen­tia of for­mer employ­ees of the Tut.by por­tal Vol­ha Loi­ka, Ale­na Tauka­cho­va and Kat­siary­na Tkachen­ka. All defen­dants are cur­rent­ly out of Belarus.
    16.07.2024
    News

    Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya urges Polish Foreign Minister to keep Belsat TV

    Dur­ing the NATO Pub­lic Forum, Belaru­sian demo­c­ra­t­ic leader Svi­at­lana Tsikhanouskaya met with Pol­ish For­eign Min­is­ter Radosław Siko­rs­ki. Among oth­er things, they dis­cussed the sit­u­a­tion with the Bel­sat TV chan­nel.
    12.07.2024
    Accents

    Exiled voices: German film sheds light on persecution of journalists, featuring Belarusians

    The Asso­ci­a­tion of Jour­nal­ists and Lawyers for Free­dom of Expres­sion (JAM e.V.), estab­lished in Decem­ber 2022 in Berlin, has released a doc­u­men­tary film, “Our Won­der­ful Past: Media Cap­ture and Jour­nal­ism in Exile.” The film fea­tures Belaru­sian jour­nal­ists Ales Liauchuk and Siarhei Bal­ai.
    09.07.2024
    News

    Harsh verdicts: Drakakhrust and Liubakova sentenced to 10 years in prison in «Tsikhanouskaya’s Analysts» case

    The Min­sk Region­al Court con­sid­ered the cas­es of 20 indi­vid­u­als, des­ig­nat­ed as an extrem­ist for­ma­tion known as “Svi­at­lana Tsikhanouskaya’s Ana­lysts.” The crim­i­nal case involves inde­pen­dent media jour­nal­ists Yury Drakakhrust and Han­na Liubako­va.
    09.07.2024
    News

    Supreme Court upholds two-year sentence for Anastasia Matsiash

    On June 28, Supreme Court Judge Siarhei Hurau con­sid­ered the appeal of Anas­ta­sia Mat­si­ash. The appeal was denied and the orig­i­nal ver­dict of the court of first instance was upheld.
    09.07.2024
    News

    Aleh Aheyeu: Belarus should join Council of Europe

    The Coun­cil of Europe Con­tact Group on Belarus met last week in Stras­bourg to dis­cuss plans for 2024–2025. Atten­dees includ­ed rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the new­ly elect­ed Coor­di­nat­ing Coun­cil, the Office of Svi­at­lana Tilhanouskaya, and the Unit­ed Tran­si­tion­al Cab­i­net. The group also includ­ed human rights defend­ers and youth orga­ni­za­tions from the pub­lic sec­tor. The media sec­tor was […]
    08.07.2024
    Accents

    BAJ: «Belarusian independent media are technologically ahead of the media markets of neighboring countries»

    The Belaru­sian Asso­ci­a­tion of Jour­nal­ists (BAJ) was dis­solved by the author­i­ties in 2021. Quick­ly resum­ing its activ­i­ties abroad, the orga­ni­za­tion con­tin­ues to keep the inter­na­tion­al jour­nal­is­tic community’s atten­tion on the dire state of free­dom of speech in Belarus. Reform.news spoke with BAJ Deputy Chair­man Barys Haret­s­ki about how, despite repres­sion and reduced fund­ing, Belaru­sian media […]
    08.07.2024
    Accents

    Belsat TV faces uncertainty: Will promised ‘new opportunities’ deliver?

    The reform of TVP World, which cur­ren­ly includes the Bel­sat TV chan­nel, has been announced. Experts have indi­cat­ed that the changes will result in the loss of much of the auton­o­my cur­rent­ly enjoyed by Bel­sat TV and a reduc­tion in its scope. The channel’s act­ing direc­tor, Ali­ak­sei Dzikav­it­s­ki, declined to com­ment.
    05.07.2024
    News

    Blogger Vadimati from Hrodna released from prison

    Vadz­im Yer­mashuk (Vadi­mati), a blog­ger, was released on June 29, 2024, accord­ing to Vias­na. Yer­mashuk was incar­cer­at­ed for a peri­od of three years.
    01.07.2024
    News

    Media IQ and Obychnoe Utro media projects declared extremist formations

    On June 25, the Min­istry of Inter­nal Affairs of Belarus’ web­site includ­ed the Media IQ project (along with affil­i­at­ed social media pages and mes­sen­gers) and the Oby­ch­noe Utro ini­tia­tive on its list of “extrem­ist for­ma­tions”.
    27.06.2024
    News

    Polish defector judge to become BelTA correspondent

    The new task of Tomasz Schmidt, who already calls him­self a jour­nal­ist and pub­li­cist, is to inter­view invit­ed guests. Do Rzeczy report­ed on the new job of the Pol­ish judge, who is under crim­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tion in Poland.
    25.06.2024
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