Independent media not allowed at trial of journalist Barysevich and doctor Sarokin

Journalists from TUT.BY, Onliner, “Komsomolskaya Pravda v Belarusi”, BelaPAN and have been denied accreditation to the trial against Katsiaryna Barysevich and doctor Artsiom Sarokin, reports.

On February 19, journalist Katsyaryna Barysevich and doctor Artsiom Sarokin will be tried for disclosing information about the condition of Raman Bandarenka. The trial will take place in Maskouski District Court of Minsk. However, independent journalists of TUT.BY, Onliner, “Komsomolskaya Pravda v Belarusi”, BelaPAN and will not be allowed into the hearing.

“Your application for accreditation was rejected,” said Maskouski District Court Assistant Maryia Hryshchannkova to journalists.

The court representative said that a large number of people would not be able to get into the courtroom due to the coronavirus. Thus, the court has already accredited “a sufficient number of media to ensure publicity of the trial”.

Earlier, independent journalists were denied access to the trial of Katsyaryna Andreyeva and Darya Chultsova, as well as to the trial of Viktar Babaryka. Only representatives of state television and some Russian journalists were allowed into the court room.