Belarus: Independent journalists fined 50 times since start of 2018
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Law enforcement officers detain a journalist during a Women's Solidarity opposition event, in Minsk, Belarus, 19 September 2020, Natalia FedosenkoTASS via Getty Images

Journalist Andrei Alexandrov was detained on charges of violating public order. He was Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian Association of Journalists and has worked for Index on Censorship and ARTICLE 19.

A protester stands in front of a line of riot police and a water cannon, Minsk, Belarus, 27 September 2020, Jana Nizovtseva/Flickr, CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication

“We urge the IIHF to request the government of Belarus to take concrete steps to ensure greater respect for press freedoms, including the release of the unjustly imprisoned journalists. We ask you to reach out to Lukashenka and strongly urge him to take immediate action to ensure that human rights principles are respected.”

In light of recent findings on Belarus by both the OSCE’s Moscow Mechanism and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, organisations express concern about ongoing abuses carried out by agents and supporters of the government of President Alexander Lukashenko and call for immediate investigations and redress.