Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

In Belarus Two More Independent Journalists Jailed

Posted by Info on 19/01/2011

Boris Goretsky, a local reporter for Poland-based Radio Racyja, was arrested by KGB officers in front of the agency’s detention facility in Minsk. He was interviewing relatives of people being held by the KGB. Goretsky was taken to a local court in Minsk, where he was sentenced to 14 days in jail for alleged participation in December 19 protest rallies.

Also Monday, police in Mogilev arrested reporter Yevgeny Vaskovich at his apartment, his newspaper, Bobruisky Kuryer, reported. Police told the journalist’s mother that Vaskovich was sentenced to 10 days in jail for “hooliganism” that allegedly occurred on December 16.
The newspaper said neither its staffers nor Vaskovich’s relatives were aware of any such “hooligan” incidents. Vaskovich was among more than 20 journalists imprisoned at the December 19 protests in Minsk; he spent 12 days in jail.

The CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney: “It’s not the journalists in Belarus who are the hooligans. It’s high time the government ended its media crackdown, released all jailed journalists, and returned equipment seized in its numerous raids on reporters’ homes and offices.

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