Journalists Found Guilty Of Participation In Unsanctioned Mass Event Released

In Minsk, Belarus, the six journalists who were detained on 1 September while covering students protests, they were found guilty of participation in an unsanctioned mass event and sentenced to three days in prison. Since they’ve already spent three days in detention, they have been released on Friday, 4 September.

Recall that that six journalists have been detained on 1 September, whilecovering peaceful students protests in Minsk on Tuesday, 1 September. The reporters wore blue vests with a PRESS sign on their backs. In addition, they had name tags with a photo and the name of the media agency they represent.

The detained journalists were first taken to the Oktyabrsky district police department and then transferred to a detention centre on Okrestin Street. Their cases were sent back twice to court for revision. The journalists’ lawyers said that they did not agree with the court decisions and would appeal them in the Minsk City Court.

Among the detainees were TUT.BY journalists Nadezhda Kalinina and Aleksey Sudnikov, journalists of Komsomolskaya Pravda in Belarus Sergei Schegolev, Nikita Duboleko and Maria Eleshevich, as well as BelaPAN journalist Andrei Shavlyugo.