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Sites de notícia na Belarus ficam sem fotos em protesto contra condenações

Fotojornalistas foram detidos quando cobriam atos antiditadura e punidos com 11 dias de prisão

“Aqui deveria haver uma foto”, diz a mensagem reproduzida em vários espaços em branco na página principal da TV independente Belsat, na Belarus. No, maior jornal online independente bielorrusso, uma câmera atrás das grades aparece em destaque no lugar da principal fotografia do dia.

Veículos informativos amanheceram nesta quinta (17) com mensagens em protesto contra a condenação, na véspera, de dois repórteres-fotográficos, acusados de participarem de eventos não proibidos.

Eles são 2 de mais de 180 jornalistas detidos pela ditadura bielorrussa desde 9 de agosto, quando a suspeita de fraude na eleição presidencial levou milhares às ruas em protesto.

‘The only way to stop violence’: why protesters are unmasking Belarus police

Pulling off balaclavas and publishing names is new tactic to stem harassment and assaults

During the past month’s uprising against Alexander Lukashenko, riot police and assorted thugs loyal to his regime have been given carte blanche by the Belarusian president to harass, assault and arrest peaceful protesters.

In recent days, however, protesters have found out that for all Lukashenko’s men’s ruthlessness and impunity, they have a vulnerable point: their faces. Grab at the mask of a policeman and he will run for cover.

AP PHOTOS: In Belarus, protesters show pride, worry, empathy

Alexander Yablonskiy, 67, a pensioner poses for a photo during an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Behind each protester in Belarus is a surprising story of awakening. Holding signs or personal tokens of resistance, they described their fears and hopes to The Associated Press, after nearly two weeks of protests against President Alexander Lukashenko’s 26-year rule. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

PHOTOS: Belarus’ Massive And Unprecedented Protests

Top: Protesters at the Great Patriotic War Museum in Minsk on Monday. Daily demonstrations have taken place in the capital and beyond after President Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory in the Aug. 9 election. Left: An opposition supporter with a drawing of Belarus’ former white-red-white flag in Minsk on Monday. Right: Opposition supporters at Independence Square in Minsk on Wednesday.
Getty Images; Sergei Gapon/AFP via Getty Images; Dmitri Lovetsky/AP

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Como se vê, mais uma vez passamos vergonha. O Brasil ocupa uma nada honrosa colocação no indíce liberdade de imprensa. Estamos na posição número 107!

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