Belarus: European Parliament condemns deterioration of media freedom

On 4 October 2018, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the deterioration of media freedom in Belarus, notably the case of Charter 97. In this resolution, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) condemned the wave of police harassment and intimidation against journalists.

This resolution relayed a number of developments highlighted by FIDH in various exchanges to inform MEPs, notably concerning the criminal case opened against journalists and editors under Article 349(2) of the Belarus Criminal Code, which is punishable by up to two years in prison. FIDH had also put forward the situation of activists of independent trade unions (notably Henadz Fiadynich and Ihar Komlik), who were mentioned in the resolution. Finally, the resolution strongly condemned the amendments adopted to the media law, an attempt to tighten control over the internet that FIDH had alerted MEPs about.

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