Five Belsat journalists detained during strikes on July 31

During the pickets of Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Maladzechna and Lida on July 31, police detained five journalists of Belsat. In the precincts the policemen drew up protocols and seized the equipment. then the journalists were released.

On July 31st , Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s pickets took place in Maladzechna and Lida. Belsat viewers could watch the events on our site. Many of them also saw how the policemen detained the journalists of the TV channel and took them to the police station. Thus, Zmitser Mitskevich, Denis Dziuba and Ales Silich were detained in Maladzechna. The latter was fined 135 rubles for the “Pahonya” sticker on his personal car. Dzmitry and Denis were detained under Article 22.9 of the Administrative Code (violation of the media legislation). The journalists face a fine of 20 to 50 basic units.

Similar protocols were drawn up by police officers on Belsat journalists Halina Abakunchyk and Uladzimir Luniou in Lida. The police seized personal mobile phones of our journalists.