Female Belarusian journalists given two-year prison sentences for live coverage of pro-democracy protests

Reacting to the ruling, Belarus opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said that “the world must see this lawlessness and state terror by Lukashenka.” 
“Imprisoned journalists, politicians, activists, students, doctors, peaceful protesters, even kids,” Tikhanovskaya, who has been recognised as the legitimate President of Belarus, tweeted on Thursday, urging the public to raise awareness over the situation in the country. #StandWithBelarus pic.twitter.com/9wwZUNs5vj
— Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (@Tsihanouskaya) February 18, 2021

“You know, this is a message to journalists: either you’re with the regime, or you’re in jail,”  she also told Current Time in a video interview. Tell your friends about what is happening in Belarus. Tell your colleagues, post on social media. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is on a working visit to Russia to discuss aspect of the Russia-Belarus cooperation, including oil and gas cooperation which is on the top on the agenda talks. The prosecutor of Minsk’s District Court found Katerina Andreeva (Bakhalova), 27, and Daria Chultsova, 23, – journalists from the Polish independent media outlet Belsat TV -, guilty of “organizing public events aimed at disrupting civil order.”
The two women were arrested in November while covering a rally commemorating Raman Bandarenka, an opposition protester who died in police custody after being beaten by a group of masked assailants during protests against long-time ruler Aleksander Lukashenko, and then arrested by Belarusian authorities. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Female Belarusian journalists given two-year prison sentences for live coverage of pro-democracy protests

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa08200835 Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko arrives for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, 07 February 2020.   EPA-EFE/MICHAEL KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN POOL MANDATORY CREDIT

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A court in Belarus on Thursday sentenced two female Belarusian journalists to two years in prison on charges of violating public order after they reported live from a rally in Minsk in November. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN POOL MANDATORY CREDIT

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko arrives for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, 07 February 2020. The world must see this lawlessness & state terror by Lukashenka.Imprisoned journalists, politicians, activists, students, doctors, peaceful protesters, even kids.