August 14, 2017

14/08/2017: BELARUS – NEW CASE

Vienna, 14/08/2017

The South East European Media Organisation (SEEMO) was disturbed to learn about a new pressure on journalist in Belarus.

Twp legal cases against journalist Katsyaryna Andreyeva were published in connection to her reporting from a protest rally on 3 July and a celebration on 29 July. The date of her trial is not yet known.

According to the charges Andreyeva allegedly made a news item for the Belsat TV, although the channel has not aired a report from her. She was only streaming the event.

In May, a Minsk court fined Andreyeva 1,035 BYN for violation of Article 22.9 of the Administrative Code.

The South East Europe Media Organisation expressed deep concern for the overall state of media freedoms in Belarus. SEEMO members call on institutions in the country to drop all charges against journalists in Belarus.

SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe