300 media workers detained in Belarus / Day

Since the beginning of this month, 85 media workers have been taken into custody by the militia in Belarus, the organization said in a statement based on data from the Belarusian Association of Journalists.

Protests against the rigging of the August 9 presidential election have been going on in Belarus for more than two months. More than 13,000 people have been detained and several hundred injured during the protests.

Reporters Without Borders said almost 300 media workers had been detained since the protests began. Most were released after reviewing the documents.

Eight journalists are currently imprisoned in Belarusian prisons, five of whom were sentenced to Monday, the organization said in a statement.

“We call on the authorities to release the imprisoned journalists immediately,” said Christian Myrs, RSF managing director.

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