General News

TV journalists face three years in prison for reporting on Belarus protests

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.

Yekaterina Andreeva, left, and Darya Chultsova.
Yekaterina Andreeva, left, and Darya Chultsova.
Reuters

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.

Prosecutors accused Andreeva and Chultsova of coordinating the protests by broadcasting live reports.
Prosecutors accused Andreeva and Chultsova of coordinating the protests by broadcasting reside reviews.
Reuters

“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.

About the author

Donna Miller

Donna is one of the oldest contributors of Gruntstuff and she has a unique perspective with regards to Science which makes her write news from the Science field. She aims to empower the readers with the delivery of apt factual analysis of various news pieces from Science. Donna has 3.5 years of experience in news-based content creation, and she is now an expert at it. She loves journalism, and that is the reason, she moved from a web content writer to a News writer, and she is loving it. She is a fun-loving woman who has very good connections with every team member. She makes the working environment cheerful which improves the team’s work productivity.

Add Comment

Click here to post a comment

Get in Touch!

To get in touch with gruntstuff or to tell us about a Story or Press Release, just send an email to gruntstuffnews @ gmail.com
. And, we will get back to you shortly.