At least 65 journalists have been arrested during the protests that have taken place since Sunday in Minsk and other cities against the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko as President of Belarus, as denounced this Thursday by the European Union of Journalists (EFF).
Of those 65 informants, EFC said, “some were released, others expelled and others heavily fined” while “dozens were harassed or ill-treated”.
However, the Belarusian Union of Journalists (BAJ) has documented at least 160 cases of “serious violations” of the rights of information professionals since the start of the May 8 election campaign. and through August 12, such as fines, beatings, and arrests.
“The Belarusian authorities are practicing censorship through terror,” denounced FEP General Secretary Ricardo Gutiérrez, calling on the EU foreign ministers, who will meet in an extraordinary way on Friday to address the situation in Belarus. among other things, to punish those guilty of oppression.