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In Belarus, more than 60 searches in conducted in 10 days in editorial offices and journalists

19.07.2021, 16:12

In Belarus, more than 60 searches were conducted in the offices of mass media and at its journalists’ homes in 10 days, as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

“Over the last 10 days, 63 searches were conducted in the offices and apartments of journalists. In total, 107 since the beginning of the year ", - the BAJ reports in the Telegram-channel on July 18.

According to the BAJ, 34 media representatives are currently placed in jail.

In particular, on July 18, it became known that the editor-in-chief of the opposition newspaper Nasha Niva, Yegor Martynovych, had been detained again. 

“On July 18, Martynovych's 10-day detention ended. He was detained under Art. 342 (organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order or active participation in them. - IF. ). No charges were pressed in 10 days. Today, they did not set him free, but detained him for the second time under a new article of the Criminal Code, which the investigator refused to report, ”as his wife Darya Gushtyn told the association.

As IMI reported, on July 14, mass searches and detentions of activists, human rights activists, and journalists took place throughout Belarus. In particular, searches took place in the offices of at least 13 NGOs, including the Viasna Human Rights Center,  the Lawtrend rights group, the Association of the World's Belarusians Batslaushchyna (Fatherland), the Names project, the Territory of Rights group, the Gender Perspectives human rights organization, the Belarusian Association of Journalists, the Union of Belarusian Writers, the Belarusian Popular Front, the For Freedom movement, and the BEROC Center of Economic Investigations.

On July 16, security forces in Belarus searched journalists working for Belsat TV. 

On the same day in Minsk, in the office of the Belarusian service of Radio Svoboda, during a search, security officers broke down doors and seized equipment.

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