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Polish diplomats appeal for EU’s solidarity with convicted Belsat journalists

Graphics depicting Yekaterina Andreeva and Darya Chultsova, two Belarusian journalists sentenced to prison, have been hung on the building of the Permanent Representation of Poland to the European Union in Brussels. This is an appeal of Polish diplomats for the solidarity of the EU with the convicted journalists.

Freedom for Katsyaryna & Darya, freedom for the media.

Friends at the #EEAS & @EU_Commission, let's not close eyes to the persecutions and human rights violations.

On main avenue in #Brussels center, next to #EU institutions, there is a #solidarity appeal.#DemocraticBelarus pic.twitter.com/ZmgvppWJz6

— Poland in the EU (@PLPermRepEU) February 19, 2021

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“Freedom for Yekaterina and Darya, freedom for the media. Friends in the European External Action Service and the European Commission, do not close your eyes to persecution and human rights violations,” the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the EU in Brussels wrote on Twitter and posted photos of the embassy facade with graphics depicting convicted journalists.

The action was commented by the former Belarusian presidential candidate and leader of the Belarusian opposition, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. “Solidarity with Belarusian journalists from Brussels from the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland in Brussels. Let’s stand up together for freedom of the press and human rights!” she wrote on Twitter.

Solidarity with Belarusian journalists from Brussels by @PLPermRepEU. Let’s stand up together for press freedom and human rights! #StandWithBelarus https://t.co/AqQJd7GtvX

— Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (@Tsihanouskaya) February 19, 2021

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The issue of Belarus and the repression of journalists and protesters was raised by the Permanent Representative of Poland to the EU on Wednesday at a meeting of EU ambassadors in Brussels and their conversation with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell on Thursday.

The EC on Friday criticised the sentencing of two Belsat TV journalists to imprisonment in Belarus. “This is a continuation of the disgraceful and brutal repression of the Belarusian authorities against Belarusian citizens,” Peter Stano the spokesman of the Commission said.

A court in Minsk on Thursday sentenced two Belsat journalists, Yekaterina Andreeva and Darya Chultsova, for two years in prison for online coverage of the protest. According to the court, they are guilty of organising activities that violate public order.


It was the first trial and sentencing of journalists in Belarus in a criminal case related to protests against the rigging of the results of the presidential elections in August 2020. According to the organisations protecting the human rights, the trial was political.

Belsat is the only Belarusian-language television in the country. It broadcasts from Poland and is organisationally part of TVP. In Belarus, it is available via the Internet and via satellite.


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