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  • Belarus repression intensifies: 16 journalists behind bars

    Lukashenko‘s regime is intensifying its crackdown on Belarusian journalists and citizens. In the last few days, the police have made several administrative arrests, bringing the number of journalists deprived of their freedom to 16.

    TUT.BY jour­nal­ist Lyubov Kasper­ovich was detained today near the Min­sk House of Jus­tice while cov­er­ing a tri­al against stu­dents.

    On Thurs­day, free­lance pho­tog­ra­ph­er Tat­syana Kapi­ton­a­va was detained with­out charges by police as she cov­ered a con­fer­ence in Start­up Fam­i­ly cowork­ing cen­ter, in Min­sk. Judge Ale­na Zhukovich sen­tenced her to 10 days of admin­is­tra­tive deten­tion for “par­tic­i­pat­ing in an unau­tho­rised demon­stra­tion”.

    On Wednes­day, police in Mohilev detained Deutsche Welle free­lance jour­nal­ist Alexan­der Burakov and Vladimir Lapt­se­vich of local inde­pen­dent TV chan­nel 6TV.

    The Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion of Jour­nal­ists (EFJ) joins its affil­i­ate in Belarus, the Belaru­sian Asso­ci­a­tion of Jour­nal­ists (BAJ), in denounc­ing these arbi­trary arrests.

    “The OSCE Rep­re­sen­ta­tive on Free­dom of the Media’s appeal to the Belaru­sian author­i­ties on Thurs­day to review these tri­als and release the jour­nal­ists has had no effect,” said EFJ Gen­er­al Sec­re­tary Ricar­do Gutiér­rez. “On the con­trary, the Lukashenko regime is inten­si­fy­ing the repres­sion. We once again call on the inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty to take con­crete action to stop the repeat­ed human rights vio­la­tions.”

    Cur­rent­ly, 16 jour­nal­ists are deprived of their free­dom in Belarus:

    • Kate­ri­na Andree­va

    • Daria Chultso­va

    • Kate­ri­na Bori­se­vich

    • Julia Slut­skaya

    • Alla Sharko

    • Sergey Alshevsky

    • Peter Slut­sky

    • Kse­nia Lut­ski­na

    • Andrey Alexan­drov

    • Denis Ivashin

    • Andrzej Poc­zobut

    • Andrey Frol­ov

    • Alexan­der Burakov

    • Vladimir Lapt­se­vich

    • Tat­syana Kapi­ton­a­va

    • Lyubov Kasper­ovich

    The EFJ and BAJ demand their imme­di­ate release.

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