Two journalists of the Polish TV channel Belsat were sentenced to two years in prison in Minsk. According to the prosecution, the girls allegedly organized protests against President Lukashenko. Ekaterina Andreeva and Daria Cheltsova in November last year conducted a live report from the opposition rally. Reviewers write about the details and background of the process.
Why is Poland silent?
The editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza’s foreign policy editorial office, Bartosz Wielinski, is outraged by Warsaw’s silence:
“Belsat TV channel was founded in Poland in order to give the residents of Belarus, who are forced to watch propaganda, the opportunity to receive information from alternative and free media. The TV channel has been funded by Polish taxpayers for many years, so the way Lukashenko treats the TV channel’s journalists concerns us as well. I am ashamed of the current Polish leadership, which did not react in any way to the outrageous and absurd decision of the Minsk court. Prime Minister Morawiecki remains silent on this issue. But six months ago, when the demonstrations in Belarus attracted the attention of the whole world, he was willingly photographed next to the opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.»