Journalists at the centre of diplomatic crisis between Belarus and Poland

first_img May 28, 2021 Find out more News BelarusEurope – Central Asia ——————————————————–2 August 2005 Another journalist from the Polish community arrestedAndrzej Pisalnik, the editor of Glos znad Niemna, a weekly targeted at Belarus’ Polish minority, was arrested today and taken in an unmarked car to an interior ministry building in the western town of Shchuchin. This was reported by Waclaw Radziwinowicz of Gazeta Wyborcza, the leading Polish daily, who was speaking to him by mobile phone at the moment of his arrest.When Pisalnik appeared before a Lida district judge yesterday on a charge of taking part in an illegal demonstration on 3 July, the judge said he would grant Pislanik two days of conditional release so that he could find a lawyer and buy medicine for his sick child. But for unclear reasons, he has not yet been released. He shouted to journalists outside the Shchuchin police station that he was being held illegally and that he was going on hunger strike to press for a meeting with the prosecutor. RSF_en Reporters Without Borders called on President Alexander Lukashenko to ensure the release of the remaining two of 14 journalists close to the country’s Polish minority who were arrested over the past two days. News to go further Reporters Without Borders condemned the 10-day prison sentence handed down today by a court in the western district of Lida on Andrzej Pisalnik, the editor of the Belarusian Polish-language weekly Glos znad Niemna and a contributor to the leading Polish daily Rzeczpospolita, for “participating in an illegal demonstration in Shchuchin on 3 July and civil disobedience.”Pisalnik is the second journalist from Belarus’ Polish-speaking minority to receive a prison sentence for such a reason in the past few days. Andrei Pochobut, the editor of the Polish publication Magazyn, received a 15-day prison sentence from the court in Lida on 27 July. Organisation Receive email alerts Adam Tuchlinski, a Polish news photographer with the weekly Przekroj, was arrested by the Belarusian authorities on 6 August in the western city of Grodno as he was about to board a train to return to Poland. He was taken to a police station and held for several hours. Officials said Tuchlinski, who was travelling on a tourist visa, did not have the necessary accreditation to work in Belarus. As a result, he is now banned from visiting the country for five years. He returned to Poland after being released. June 2, 2021 Find out more August 8, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists at the centre of diplomatic crisis between Belarus and Polandcenter_img Help by sharing this information News 29 July 2005 Journalists arrested amid tension with PolandReporters Without Borders today urged the Belarusian authorities to stop hounding and arresting journalists from the country’s Polish minority as part of the government’s present conflict with neighbouring Poland.Andrei Pochobut, editor of the Polish-language magazine Magazyn Polski, was given a 15-day prison sentence on 27 July for “taking part in an illegal demonstration” in the western town of Shchuchin on 3 July and for “civil disobedience” in protest against the government taking control of the Union of Poles in Belarus.Three Polish journalists who had come to attend his trial before the Lida court were arrested the same day. Ten Belarusian and Polish journalists were also arrested by special police at the union’s Grodno office but released two hours later. “These journalists must not be made to pay for the tension between the two countries,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “We fear that Pochobut’s conviction is a warning to journalists fighting to defend the country’s Polish minority.” It called on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to see the journalists still being held were freed at once.Pochobut and two members of the union, Josef Pazhetski and Mieczyslau Jaskiewicz, were arrested on 26 July as they were driving in Shchuchin, taken to a police station for questioning and tried the next day. Pazhetski and Jaskiewicz were sentenced to 10 days in prison. Pochobut was fined in early July for joining a protest against the distribution of bogus copies of the Polish paper Glos Znad Niemna.Waclaw Radziwinowicz and Robert Kowalewski, reporters for Poland’s biggest daily paper, Gazeta Wyborcza, were briefly arrested on their way to the trial. Agnieszka Romaszewska, of the Polish TV station TVP1, was also arrested on arrival in Shchuchin by police who said she did not have foreign ministry accreditation. Special police units seized control of the union offices in Grodno late on 27 July and 10 Belarusian and Polish journalists inside, working for Gazeta Wyborcza, Associated Press, Glos Znad Niemna, Nasha Niva, Pressbol and the website www.pahonia.promedia.by, were arrested and taken to a police station before being freed two hours later without being charged.The arrests came as tensions rose between Poland and Belarus. Lukashenko has accused the United States of fomenting revolution in Belarus, helped by Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine. Belarus and Poland have expelled three of the other’s diplomats and Poland recalled its ambassador in Belarus on 28 July and called for help from the European Union. ——————————————————–4 August 2005 Journalist Andrzej Pisalnik sentenced to 10 days in prison May 27, 2021 Find out more News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown —————————————————— Follow the news on Belarus RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” BelarusEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Motorcyclist Killed in Southern State Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 23-year-old Brooklyn man died in a motorcycle crash Monday afternoon on the Southern State Parkway, state police said. Troopers were dispatched at 1:38 p.m. after police received reports of a serious crash on the westbound side of the parkway at Exit 13, police said.Fayyaz Amir was operating a 2008 Yamaha at a “high rate of speed” as he approached a curve and crashed into the cement median, police said in a news release. Amir was ejected onto the roadway, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The parkway was closed for approximately two hours as police investigated the crash.last_img

Schurrle’s Chelsea move hits snag

first_img Press Association Borussia Dortmund’s director of sport Michael Zorc claims De Bruyne wants to join his side and not their Bundesliga rivals. Germany international Schurrle is already believed by Leverkusen’s general manager Wolfgang Holzhauser to have agreed terms with Chelsea. And Holzhauser also recently claimed an agreement had been reached between both clubs which would see De Bruyne, who spent the season on loan at Werder Bremen, moving in the opposite direction on a one-year loan deal. Dortmund are also keen on the Belgian, however, and Zorc believes the player would rather wear their colours next season, thus jeopardising Schurrle’s move to Chelsea. “De Bruyne only wants to come to us,” he told Germany’s Kicker magazine. Dortmund are keen on signing 21-year-old De Bruyne on a permanent transfer, although Chelsea appear reluctant to let him go and may prefer the loan option, which would favour Leverkusen. center_img Andre Schurrle’s on-off move from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea may have hit a snag over the involvement of Blues youngster Kevin de Bruyne in the deal.last_img read more

Virat Kohli & Co. Congratulate ISRO On Chandrayaan-2 Launch

first_imgNew Delhi: India captain Virat Kohli led the way as cricketers congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of its second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 on Monday.”Another historic and proud moment for the nation as the #Chandrayaan 2 is launched Jai Hind (sic.)” tweeted Kohli.India’s Test star Cheteshwar Pujara also extended his wishes to the ISRO team. “Congratulations team @ISRO, this is a very proud and historical moment for India! #Chandrayaan2 (sic.),” Pujara tweeted.Spinner Kuldeep Yadav said, “Historic and proud moment for the nation as #Chandrayaan 2 is launched (sic.)”Hailing ISRO for the successful launch, former cricketer Virender Sehwag tweeted, “Many congratulations to Team #Chandrayaan2 @isro for the successful and seamless launch!”India’s second lunar mission was on track as its ‘Bahubali’ GSLV rocket successfully put the moon spacecraft — Chandrayaan-2 — into the orbit in a copy book style on Monday afternoon.From here, it will be a long, over a one-and-a-half-month journey for Chandrayaan-2 as it will traverse the 384,400 km that separate Earth and its sole satellite.The 43.4 metre tall, 640 tonne rocket, nicknamed ‘Bahubali’, carried the 3.8-tonne Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, which will carry out India’s second mission to its closest celestial neighbour. IANSAlso Read: ICC ODI Rankings: Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah Retain Top Spotslast_img read more