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  • The Beaten Freelance Journalist Andrei Koziel Fined BYN 735 (EUR 305)

    According to the police representatives’ testimonies, Andrei Koziel was filming illegally the process of counting votes at the local elections and refused to leave the polling station on the police officers’ demand.


    Being a demo­c­ra­t­ic candidate’s offi­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the recent local elec­tions, the free­lance jour­nal­ist Andrei Koziel was stream­ing from the polling sta­tion in Min­sk to the social media. The local elec­tion com­mit­tee mem­bers ordered the police to stop film­ing the process of count­ing bal­lots.

    Con­se­quent­ly, the jour­nal­ist was attacked by the police offi­cers on duty and tak­en away from the polling sta­tion by force. Report­ed­ly, the police opened the glass door to the polling sta­tion with the journalist’s head at that.

    Final­ly, the beat­en jour­nal­ist was found guilty of ‘dis­obe­di­ence to the police’ and fined 30 base amounts.

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