Belarus’s oldest daily newspaper Nasja Niva banned

Nasja Niva (which roughly means Our Field) is already the subject of a series of actions and its editor-in-chief and a reporter are imprisoned. On Tuesday – the 115th anniversary of the newspaper’s founding – the editorial board was declared illegal by one of the country’s regime – governed courts.

This means that anyone who publishes or disseminates Nasja Niva’s texts and material risks up to seven years in prison.

After last year’s rigged presidential elections, the mass protests that followed and the regime’s harsh crackdown have hampered most of the country’s few independent media. A total of 29 journalists are imprisoned.

– The situation in Belarus is worse than in Cuba and Iran and is beginning to approach North Korea’s level, says Andrei Bastunets, chairman of the Belarus Independent Journalists’ Union.

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