Female journalists jailed in Belarus

Female journalists jailed in Belarus

Two female journalists in Belarus have been convicted of violating public order and sentenced to two years in prison after they covered a protest against president Alexander Lukashenko.

Katsiaryna Andreyeva, 27, and Darya Chultsova, 23, both from Belsat TV channel, were detained in November in an apartment they had been using to livestream demonstrations.

Both women, who pleaded not guilty, appeared in a cage at the hearing hugging and making “V” for victory signs. Their lawyer said they would appeal the verdict, The Guardian reports.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has protested against authorities harassing journalists.

”Belarusian authorities should cease their raids against journalists and journalistic associations and return confiscated reporting equipment, records, and money”, the Committee said after police raided the Minsk headquarters of the Belarusian Association of Journalists and the female journalists apartment. The Committee reported that police had searched the homes of at least three independent journalists.

Dozens of journalists have been arrested during opposition protests since the August 2020 election.

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