Journalist Denied Entry to Belarus with Election Observation Bulletins

On April 20 the journalist for Novy Chas newspaper Hanna Azemsha was stopped at the border point Kamenny Loh: she was made to return to Lithuania and leave there 130 plus 65 copies of informational bulletins about elections observation.

The journalist’s car was searched for several hours on the border point Kamenny Loh. Nothing was seized, but she was told to go back and leave there the bulletins “Eight facts about elections” and “Observer reports”. Only after doing so, the journalist was allowed to move on. Hanna Azemsha is going to file a complaint against such treatment.

On March 14 the same car was already searched by police officers of the Frunzenski district police department of Minsk. Then, paper notepads, pens and stuff like that was seized – Hanna Azemsha was preparing for a seminar on election observation. Then she filed a complaint, and the goods were returned to her about a week ago.

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