Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ)

The Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) expresses its indignation and protest in connection with the new sentence of the political prisoner journalist Kateryna Andreeva (Bakhvalova), the statement of the organization says.

The Belarusian Association of Journalists considers this sentence as "court punishment of a colleague for expressing his opinion and performing professional journalistic work."

BAJ sees this sentence as "undisguised persecution of a specific person": "We call on the competent state authorities to immediately cancel the sentence."

European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)

"The Belarusian dictator and his associates do not neglect even the lowest actions.

They went so far as to prosecute the previously unjustly convicted journalist based on new fabricated charges.

These prosecutions and increased repression against journalists demonstrate the true nature of the dictatorial regime in Belarus," said the president of the European Federation of Journalists, Maya Sever.

EFJ calls on the European Union, the Council of Europe and the OSCE to increase diplomatic pressure on the Belarusian leadership.

Svetlana Tsikhanovskaya, the democratic leader of Belarus

"Kateryna Andreeva was accused of "revealing a state secret" - but which one?

- Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is sweating.

- Nothing is known about this "mystery".

But when (representatives of the regime) talk about a "prosperous state" at the UN, one can guess what this state secret is.

There are 1,244 political prisoners – and thousands more imprisoned for political reasons.

Among the Belarusians killed by the regime are from the 1990s.

In the destruction of 765 non-governmental organizations that helped people - while the state did not do this work.

In hundreds of rockets launched from the territory of Belarus on Ukrainian cities.

Ekaterina Andreeva is accused of treason by the people who betrayed Belarus.

They betrayed national interests, their country and even their relatives and friends living in this country.

But no matter how much these people try to deceive the whole world and themselves, the truth will win - precisely thanks to such brave and proud Belarusians as Kateryna Andreeva, on whose strength and core the new Belarus is now being born."

  • On July 13, the Gomel Regional Court sentenced Kateryna Andreeva (Bakhvalova) to 8 years in prison, she was found guilty of "treason against the state" (Part 1, Article 356 of the Criminal Code).

    Some details of the indictment are still unknown, but pro-government Telegram channels are spreading information about her alleged release of "state secrets".

  • Andreyeva's trial began on July 4 behind closed doors.

  • The journalist of the TV channel "Belsat" is already serving a criminal sentence.

  • Andreeva was detained together with her cameraman Darya Chultsova on November 15, 2020. She was leading a stream from the place of dispersal by security forces of people who came to honor the memory of the murdered activist Roman Bandarenka on Peramen Square.

  • In February 2021, the court of the Frunzensky district of Minsk found the journalist guilty of "organizing actions that grossly violate public order" (Article 342 of the Criminal Code), and sentenced her to two years in prison.

    They are recognized as police prisoners.