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Tags: EU | Belarus | Journalist

Belarus Journalist Says Police Beat Him; Gets Fined

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 01:47 PM

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A journalist for an independent Belarusian news website who says he was beaten by police while covering a trial of opposition activists has been fined for failing to obey lawful orders.

Pavel Dobrovolsky says he was trying to record video Monday of protesters who unfurled a banner at the trial when police seized him. He says they took his camera and journalist accreditation and beat him for about 20 minutes. His website, www.tut.by , showed photos of him with bruises to his pelvis.

Minsk police on Tuesday issued a statement saying that Dobrovolsky did not obey a directive to leave the courtroom and "physical force was used against him in connection with this."

Dobrovolsky was fined the equivalent of $500.

Independent journalism is tightly restricted in the former Soviet nation.

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A journalist for an independent Belarusian news website who says he was beaten by police while covering a trial of opposition activists has been fined for failing to obey lawful orders.Pavel Dobrovolsky says he was trying to record video Monday of protesters who unfurled a...
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