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 InformNapalm reporter disappears after Freedom Day arrests in Belarus. VIDEO

On March 27, trials of journalists detained during Freedom Day are to take place in Minsk, Vitebsk and Polotsk. A Minsk court had to try InformNapalm journalist Dzianis Ivashyn whose whereabouts remains unknown so far.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), lists of correspondents and journalists pending trials in Belarus have been posted on the official website of the organization.

Today, the Frunzensky district court of Minsk was to try Dzianis Ivashyn, the editor of the Belarusian version of InformNapalm OSINT group website. The journalist was detained during the dispersal of the Freedom Day rally in Minsk. Ivashin was accused of violating article 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (violation of the procedure for organizing or holding mass events). He spent the weekend in the Center for Isolation of Offenders (CIP) of the Main Department of Internal Affairs of the Minsk City Executive Committee at 36 1st Okrestina Lane. However, Ivashyn was not taken to the Frunzensky district court in the morning. BAJ lawyers are looking for him.



The video shows (3:42) Dzianis Ivashyn being pushed into a paddy wagon as he tries several times to explain to the riot police that he is a journalist, but remains unheard.

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"We ask human rights defenders and the international community to facilitate the release of the journalist from custody, as well as to prevent political persecution as a result of his professional activities," InformNapalm volunteers wrote.
 
 
 
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