Journalists were detained during 6 out of the 8 “silent” protest actions in Belarus. Policemen’s attitude kept getting worse with every action. For example, journalists “were driven” to the District Department of the Interior with plainclothes strangers on June 15. And that was it! However, they were pushed into police vans and delivered to the detention centre in Akrestsina Street on July 3. Tear gas was used against journalists in Railway Square. This is the way dangerous criminals are treated in civilized countries. Representatives of the press who always keep the order are never treated like that. The Belarusian Association of Journalists has presented the following statistics. 77 Belarusian and foreign journalists accredited in the country were detained at 8 “silent” protest actions in Belarus. The number of detentions keeps increasing: 9 and 8 journalists were detained on June 15 and 22. 12 – on June 29, 20 – on July 3 and 28 – on July 6. Passers-by call journalists “defenders” and “guardian angels” on Wednesdays: photo and video cameras can often stop violent detentions. However, journalists get beaten and offended rather often.
First detentions on June 15 and 22.
Syarhei Balai, “Salidarnast”. Photo by Reuters
Uladz Hrydzіn. Photo by Volha Klyashchuk
Syarhei Hryts, AP. Photo by Reuters
Ugіs Lіbіetys, Latvian Radio. Photo by Reuters
Alіna Radachynskaya. Photo by Reuters
July 3. The most severe and off-hand detentions of journalists.
Yulya Darashkevіch. Photo by Vasil Fyadosenka
ORT camera crew. Photo from Alyaksandr Vasyukevich’s Facebook
RTR camera crew. Photo by Reuters
July 13, the most recent silent protest.
Uladz Hrydzіn. Photo by Anzenberger © Andrei Liankevich
Uladz Hrydzіn. Photo by Anton Matolka
Anton Matolka. Photo by AP
АAlyaksei Bukchyn, RIA “Novosti”. Photo by Anton Matolka
Uladzіmіr Kostsіn, Reuters. Photo by BelaPAN.
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