Belarusian authorities’ strategy to crackdown on dissent includes police newsroom raids. This information is published by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Here is an excerpt:
Belarusian authorities must cease their raids on independent news outlets and press freedom groups, and refrain from charging or imprisoning journalists over their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
Early yesterday morning, Belarusian law enforcement officers raided the Minsk headquarters of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), a local advocacy and trade organization, according to news reports and BAJ Deputy Director Aleh Aheyeu, who spoke to CPJ in a phone interview.
Last week, CPJ documented law enforcement raids on at least three news outlets and the arrests of at least seven journalists. Since then, officials have raided the offices of at least four more outlets and harassed more than 20 journalists, according to news reports and information published on BAJ’s website and Telegram channel.
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