24 Feb, 2021

Crackdown on journalists in Belarus must be stopped

Last Thursday, 18 February, marked yet another sad day for the democracy in Belarus when the current government convicted two young journalists for two years of imprisonment after they were first arrested in November 2020.

Back then, the two journalists – 23 and 27 years at the time – were live-streaming the demonstrations taking place in Minsk, when police entered their apartment and arrested them. The journalists are accused of “organising actions rudely violating public order”.

ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen strongly condemns this arrest and demands for the country’s crackdown on journalists to end. President van Baalen calls upon EU leaders to take urgent action against Lukashenko’s dictatorship.

Cookies on ALDE

ALDE uses functional and performance cookies that are necessary for the websites to function as well as possible. These cookies do not use any personal data and no permission is required for this. We also use marketing cookies to tailor the website to your preferences. You can give permission for this below. You can always change your settings on the Privacy Statement page in the cookies section.

Adjust preference
Accept all cookies