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Radio Liberty journalists detained in Belarus

21.07.2021, 12:25
RFE/RL
RFE/RL

Oleg Gruzdilovich and Oles Dashchynsky, journalists of the Belarusian service of Radio Svoboda (RFE/RL), were detained for 10 days in Minsk.

An employee of the Minsk remand prison in Okrestin street told about it, as the Belarusian partisan reported.

Last year, these journalists were deprived of Foreign Ministry accreditation.

There is no information about the third detained correspondent of Radio Liberty Inna Studzinska.

The case is being handled by the Minsk Investigative Committee. According to the edition, no one contacted lawyers, although the lawyers sent a notice of defense.

Journalists Oleh Hruzdilovych, Inna Studzinska, and Oles Dashchynsky, who worked for Radio Svoboda for many years, were detained on July 16. Their apartments were searched. Relatives and colleagues still are unaware of what the journalists are accused of.

As IMI reported, 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.

As IMI reported quoting BAJ, on July 18, in 60 days more than 60 searches were conducted in the media outlets and the homes of journalists in Belarus.

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.

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