KYIV – Two Belarusian journalists working for the Polish tv channel Belsat went on trial in the capital Minsk on Tuesday on costs associated to their protection of mass protests in 2020, the Belarusian Affiliation of Journalists stated.
Yekaterina Andreeva and Darya Chultsova, a reporter and a camerawoman for Belsat, have been arrested in November after an illustration.
Months of protests happened in Belarus after President Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory over opposition chief Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in an election in August. The opposition stated the consequence was rigged.
Prosecutors accused Andreeva and Chultsova of coordinating the protests by broadcasting reside reviews. They’ve denied the fees, for which they could possibly be sentenced to three years in prison. They appeared in courtroom inside a cage.
Worldwide human rights organisations have condemned the detention of Andreeva and Chultsova.
The New York-based Committee to Defend Journalists urged Belarusian authorities to drop the “absurd” costs towards Andreyeva and Chultsova and launch them unconditionally.
“The Belarus authorities should cease punishing journalists for reporting on necessary political occasions, and permit them to work freely and with out worry of reprisal,” it stated in an announcement on Monday.
Hundreds of protesters have been rounded up and almost all opposition political figures have been pushed into exile or jailed as the federal government cracked down.