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In Belarus, 32 journalists will spend New Year’s Eve in prison

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THE BELARUSIAN Association of Journalists has produced a record of arrests and imprisonments of journalists in that country. This is despite the Supreme Court ordering the Association's liquidation on 27 August.

In the course of the year, 113 detentions of journalists were recorded; there were 29 cases of journalists subject to "administrative arrests"; and journalists spent more than 8733 days behind bars.

BAJ tally of arrests

European Federation of Journalists EFJ) General Secretary Ricardo Gutiérrez said in a statement:

As we have been asking for almost 5 years, we call on the Council of Europe to include Belarus in the Platform for the Protection of Journalism and the Safety of Journalists, in order to give full visibility to the ongoing repression and to hold the perpetrators accountable. We must act now!

Those in jail this New Year's Eve are:

  1. Katsiaryna Andreyeva
  2. Daria Chultsova
  3. Ihar Losik
  4. Siarhei Hardzievich
  5. Ksenia Lutskina
  6. Andrei Aliaksandrau
  7. Dzianis Ivashyn
  8. Andrej Pachobut (Andrzej Poczobut)
  9. Maryna Zolatava,
  10. Volha Loika,
  11. Liudmila Chekina,
  12. Alena Talkachova,
  13. Anzhela Asad,
  14. Iryna Rybalka,
  15. Ala Lapatka,
  16. Darya Danilava, RocketData, TAM.BY
  17. Maria Novik,
  18. Aliaksandr Daineka,
  19. Andrei Audzeyau,
  20. Katsiaryna Tkachenka, Lawyer house arrest
  21. Iryna Kastsiuchenka, Ex-Lawyer house arrest
  22. Valerija Kastsiugova, editor of Belarusian Yearbook, analyst
  23. Aliaksandr Ivulin, editor of
  24. Yahor Martsinovich, Nasha Niva
  25. Andrei Skurko, Nasha Niva
  26. Irina Lewshyna, director, editor-in-chief of BelaPAN
  27. Dzmitry Navazhylaw, ex-director of BelaPAN
  28. Genadz Mazheika, journalist of Komsomolskaya Pravda in Belarus
  29. Iryna Slaunikava
  30. Andrei Kuznechyk, freelancer RFE/RL
  31. Siarhei Satsuk, editor of
  32. Aleh Hruzdzilovich, journalist RFE/RF

The EFJ has called on journalists to send letters of support to those in prison.