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  • MEPs condemn harassment and detention of journalists in Belarus

    Amid deteriorating media freedom in Belarus, MEPs condemn the repeated detention and state harassment of journalists and independent news outlets in the country, according to a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on October 4.

    They also con­sid­er it unac­cept­able that the author­i­ties have blocked the lead­ing inde­pen­dent Belaru­sian news web­site Char­ter 97, and strong­ly dis­ap­prove of the recent amend­ments adopt­ed to the country’s media law, which are being used to cre­ate bureau­crat­ic bur­dens for jour­nal­ists and tight­en con­trol over the inter­net.

    Par­lia­ment regrets the fact that Belarus is con­tin­u­ing its repres­sive and unde­mo­c­ra­t­ic pol­i­cy against jour­nal­ists, lawyers, polit­i­cal activists and civ­il soci­ety actors; such repres­sion hin­ders any clos­er rela­tion­ship with the EU and broad­er par­tic­i­pa­tion in the East­ern Part­ner­ship, MEPs stress.

    Final­ly, they call for the imme­di­ate and uncon­di­tion­al release of polit­i­cal pris­on­ers Mikhail Zham­chuzh­ny and Dzmit­ry Paliyen­ka, and urge the EU for­eign pol­i­cy chief Fed­er­i­ca Mogheri­ni to close­ly mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion of media free­dom in Belarus.


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