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  • Independent journalists denied accreditation to trial of journalist Katsiaryna Barysevich and Doctor Artsiom Sarokin

     Journalists of independent media were denied accreditation to the trial of Katsiaryna Barysevich and emergency hospital doctor Artsiom Sarokin. Today Barysevich and Sarokin are standing trial for disclosure of information about the condition of Raman Bandarenka, that his blood alcohol level was zero at the time when he got into hospital after being severely beaten.

    Jour­nal­ists of TUT.BY (Bary­se­vich’s employ­er), Kom­so­mol­skaya Prav­da, Onlin­er, Bela­PAN, Novy Chas, and Office Life out­lets were not giv­en accred­i­ta­tion to attend the tri­al.

    - Your appli­ca­tion for accred­i­ta­tion has been reject­ed, — the reporters were told by assis­tant to the chair­man of Mask­ous­ki dis­trict court Maria Hryshanko­va.

    She claimed the rea­son was «lim­it­ed seats in the court­room, and mea­sures to pre­vent the spread of coro­n­avirus infec­tion.» Accord­ing to her, «a suf­fi­cient num­ber of media to ensure trans­paren­cy of the hear­ing have been accred­it­ted.» Maria Hryshanko­va refused to name the media out­lets that had been grant­ed accred­i­ta­tion.

    This is not the first time that jour­nal­ists of inde­pen­dent media are denied access to open court hear­ings.

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