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  • Journalist Ales Lubianchuk sentenced to 3 years in prison

    As it became known to the Belarusian Association of Journalists, Minsk City Court judge Alena Ananich found journalist Ales Lubianchuk guilty under Article 361-1 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (establishment of an extremist formation or participation in it).

    Ales was sentenced to 3 years in prison

    Belaru­sian Asso­ci­a­tion of Jour­nal­ists strong­ly protests against the sen­tence. The BAJ con­sid­ers Ales Lubianchuk’s ver­dict as revenge for his years-long pro­fes­sion­al engage­ment and demands that Ales and oth­er media rep­re­sen­ta­tives impris­oned for polit­i­cal rea­sons be released!

    There are 32 jour­nal­ists behind bars in Belarus. Over 400 jour­nal­ists were forced to leave their coun­try. How­ev­er, it is impos­si­ble to pre­vent infor­ma­tion from spread­ing today.

    On 26 May 2022, Ales Lubianchuk was detained in the vil­lage of Kryvichy, Iueus­ki Dis­trict, where he had moved recent­ly. In 2020, Lubianchuk was detained sev­er­al times for per­form­ing his pro­fes­sion­al duties.

    For some time before deten­tion, Ales Lubianchuk had been engaged in tourism and restora­tion of the his­tor­i­cal and cul­tur­al her­itage of his dis­trict.

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