Belarus government blocks media outlet, detains reporters

Belarusian authorities are cracking down on dissent and independent media in the ex-Soviet nation.

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July 8, 2021 - 9:43 AM

Opposition supporters gesture victory signs during a rally to protest against disputed presidential elections results in Minsk, Belarus on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. (Sergei Gapon/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities blocked the website of a leading online media outlet, detained several of its journalists and conducted searches involving three other media organizations Thursday, the latest moves in a sweeping crackdown on dissent and independent media in the ex-Soviet nation.

Belarus’ Information Ministry said it has blocked Nasha Niva’s website after the prosecutor general’s office had accused it of posting unspecified unlawful information.

The Belarusian Association of Journalists, or BAJ, said that the authorities conducted searches at Nasha Niva’s offices, detained chief editor Yahor Martsinovich and editor Andrey Skurko and searched their apartments. Another four Nasha Niva journalists couldn’t be reached, the BAJ said. 

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