Editor of independent newspaper on trial for “insulting the President”

first_img to go further News June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Belarus RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 28, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Viktor Ivaskevich, editor of the independent newspaper Rabochy, faces afive-year prison sentence for “insulting the President.” Two otherjournalists were recently sentenced to hard labour in prison. ReportersWithout Borders calls for the laws allowing such punishment to beabolished. News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders expressed fears today that an independent newspaper editor, Viktor Ivaskevich, of the newspaper Rabochy, could be sent to prison if convicted of “insulting” Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. His trial begins tomorrow in Pervomaisky, Minsk.”In the last few days, two Belarus journalists have begun serving prison terms of hard labour just for having done their job,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “It is unthinkable that Ivaskevich should be next on the list. The country’s laws that permit such abuses should be abolished once and for all.””We repeat our request to the Council of Europe to impose clear conditions concerning freedom of information in moves for closer relations with Belarus, especially the matter of prison terms for defamation.”Ivaskevich faces five years in jail under article 367/2 of the penal code after he published an article in a special elections issue of the paper in the summer of last year, headed “A thief’s place is in prison,” referring to President Lukasheko. His trial opens on 11 September.Reporters Without Borders is associated with the campaign by the Belarussian Association of Journalists (BAJ) for the abolition of articles 367, 368 and 369 of the penal code which threaten press freedom. These articles, which call for up to five years imprisonment for “insulting and defaming the president,” were used to convict Nikolai Markevich (editor) and Pavel Mazheiko (journalist) of the opposition newspaper Pagonya and impose sentences of respectively a year and a year and a half forced labour, which they began serving at the beginning of this month. May 27, 2021 Find out more September 10, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor of independent newspaper on trial for “insulting the President” News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF_en last_img


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