Media: Many journalists detained in Belarus

The police have detained journalists from several media in the authoritarian country. They should have penetrated the system of the state news agency.

Media: Many journalists detained in Belarus

In Belarus, authorities have arrested several journalists. State investigators accuse m of penetrating computer systems of state news agency Belta and having skimmed information. This would be up to two years in Belarus, reported Russian agency Tass from Minsk.

The federal government and Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) expressed ir concern and called on Belarusian authorities to be restrained. Like German Wellemitteilte, your employee Pawljuk Bykovsky is also one of detainees. his apartment had been searched before.

The exact number of arrests is unclear. At independent news portal TUT.by, at least four journalists were displaced by police. Anor arrested journalist works at news agency Belapaen.

The editor-in-chief of portal realt.by, Vladislav Kulezki, told SenderFree Europe that he had been arrested toger with three colleagues. Several newspaper editors were also searched.

The OSCE representative for Media freedom, Harlem Désir, spoke of "totally disproportionate measures" by Belarusian authorities. The country between Poland and Russia has been under authoritarian rule by President Alexander Lukashenko for 24 years.

Updated Date: 09 August 2018, 12:00

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