Journalist jailed for contradicting Belarusian police

Journalist jailed for contradicting Belarusian police

A Belarusian court has sentenced journalist Katerina Borisevich from the local news outlet TUT.BY to six months in prison on for divulging medical secrets. She had contradicted official statements about the death of a protester who the authorities suggested was drunk at the time, Reuters reports from Minsk.

She had reported that there was no alcohol in the bloodstream of a protester when he died. Officials said he had suffered fatal injuries in a drunken brawl. His allies said he had been beaten by security forces.

The doctor who had shared the protester´s medical report with the journalist was given a suspended sentence.

The protester was detained by police in November. He was later taken unconscious from the police station to an emergency hospital where he died.


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