New York, December 23, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged by the ongoing detention and potential prosecution of Belarusian journalists Natalya Radina
, editor of the pro-opposition news website Charter 97
, and Irina Khalip, local correspondent for the Moscow-based independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta.
Both are considered suspects in organizing and participating in mass disorder--a charge that carries up to 15 years in prison if convicted, according to the website of the State Department of Internal Affairs
(GUVD) in Minsk. It is not clear whether the two have been officially charged yet.