Belarus independent journalists targeted ahead of election

October 9th, 2015   Theme: Belarus

“A secret apartment in an old Minsk building has become just the latest risky place for journalists from the independent Belsat television station to work. The journalists take great precautions to elude detection, frequently moving their makeshift studio from one underground apartment to another, and transmit reports to Poland for broadcasting from there. Still they face regular searches and harassment. In the run-up to Sunday’s presidential election, the government has gone after journalists like those at Belsat who seek to skirt state censorship by broadcasting from outside Belarus. So far this year, 28 journalists in the former Soviet republic have been slapped with hefty fines, in some cases after intimidating interrogation by the KGB.”

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