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Belarus tries to stifle news of protests

Police in Belarus detain and harass dozens of journalists in an effort to keep news of nationwide protests out of the media. CPJ documents the cases of more than 30 journalists police obstructed in recent weeks, joins with 48 other press freedom and human rights groups to call on President Aleksandr Lukashenko to cease detaining journalists, and offers safety advice to reporters covering the unrest.

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Safety Advisory: Covering the protests
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Alerts   |   Belarus

Journalists face trial for covering protests in Belarus

Belarusian police detain a man at a March 25, 2017, protest in Minsk. (AFP/Vasily Maximov)

New York, April 12, 2017--Belarusian authorities should immediately drop all charges against journalists for covering protests and should allow the news media to work unobstructed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Alerts   |   Belarus

Belarus police raid offices of TV station Belsat, detain cameraman

A Belarusian Interior Ministry official films journalists reporting on a police raid of one of Belsat TV's offices in Minsk, March 31, 2017. (AP/Sergei Grits)

New York, March 31, 2017--Belarusian authorities should cease harassing Belsat TV and all news media in an effort to censor coverage of opposition protests and should immediately release all journalists detained for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police today raided two of the channel's offices in the capital Minsk, confiscated the broadcaster's equipment, and detained cameraman Aleksandr Lyubenchuk, according to media reports and a Belsat journalist.

March 31, 2017 3:17 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Belarus

At least eight journalists still jailed for reporting on Belarus protests

Belarusians protest against the government of President Aleksandr Lukashenko in the capital Minsk, March 15, 2017. The sign reads "Lukaeshenko, stop picking the raisins out of the bread." (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

New York, March 28, 2017--Belarusian authorities should immediately release all journalists jailed covering protests and should cease obstructing reporters in an effort to keep news of the protests out of media reports, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Safety Advisories   |   Belarus

CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering protests in Belarus

Beginning in early February, there have been nationwide demonstrations in Belarus to protest the introduction of a new tax on the unemployed. More than 150 protesters have been arrested, dozens have been fined or sentenced to up to 15 days in jail for participating in the protests, and at least 32 journalists have been detained or otherwise obstructed in an effort to censor coverage of protests, according to a report published by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

March 24, 2017 3:53 PM ET

Blog   |   Belarus

CPJ joins call for Belarus president to stop harassment of journalists, protesters

A rally in Minsk on March 15. Dozens of journalists are being obstructed or detained to prevent them covering protests in Belarus. (AP/Sergei Grits)

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with 48 rights organizations, sent a letter on March 22 to Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, condemning the detention and harassment of protesters, journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, and members of the country's opposition party.

March 23, 2017 11:56 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Belarus

Dozens of journalists obstructed from covering Belarus protests

Belarusians protest in the eastern city of Bobruisk, March 12, 2017. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko)

New York, March 23, 2017 - Belarusian authorities should immediately drop all charges against journalists prosecuted for covering a wave of nationwide protests and should cease interfering with journalists doing their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces have detained or otherwise obstructed at least 32 journalists in an effort to censor coverage of protests against the introduction of a new tax on the unemployed.

Alerts   |   Belarus, Russia

Journalist arrested in Moscow on Belarusian extradition request

New York, March 15, 2017--Russian authorities should immediately release Yuriy Baranchik, chief analytical editor of the pro-Kremlin Russian news agency Regnum, and allow him to work unobstructed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Statements   |   Azerbaijan, Belarus

Belarusian court rules to extradite blogger to Azerbaijan

A woman takes a photograph in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, April 7, 2016. (Reuters)

New York, February 7, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned today's decision by the Supreme Court of Belarus to extradite Russian-Israeli blogger Aleksandr Lapshin to Azerbaijan to stand trial for traveling to the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh and for criticizing Azerbaijani policies.

February 6, 2017 2:44 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Azerbaijan, Belarus

Blogger jailed in Belarus faces extradition to Azerbaijan

New York, January 13, 2017--Belarussian authorities should unconditionally release Aleksandr Lapshin, a Russian-Israeli blogger detained in the capital Minsk on an extradition request from Azerbaijan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

January 13, 2017 4:22 PM ET

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Blog   |   Belarus, Ukraine

Remembering Pavel Sheremet, IPFA honoree, friend to CPJ, and hard-nosed journalist

Pavel Sheremet, who died yesterday when a bomb blew up the car he was driving in Kiev, was a CPJ International Press Freedom awardee in 1998. At the awards ceremony in the glittery Waldorf-Astoria Hotel that November, Sheremet was a no show.

July 21, 2016 3:55 PM ET

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