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Belarus police raid independent media offices, detain journalists: Kiev, August 8, 2018-Belarusian authorities should immediately release detained journalists and stop harassing independent media outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police raided the Minsk offices of at least three independent Belarusian news outlets and detained at least 17 journalists yesterday and today, accusing them of unlawfully obtaining information from a state news agency, according to media reports and authorities. At least seven journalists remained in detention today, according to the Belarusian Association of Journalists.

Raiding newsrooms, detaining reporters, searching their apartments, and seizing their equipment is a clear sign of government’s crackdown on independent reporting, whatever the pretense,” said CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia research associate, Gulnoza Said. “Belarusian authorities should immediately release all the journalists detained and stop harassing independent media.”

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Belarus police raid independent media offices, detain journalists: Kiev, August 8, 2018-Belarusian authorities should immediately release detained journalists and stop harassing independent media outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police raided the Minsk offices of at least three independent Belarusian news outlets and detained at least 17 journalists yesterday and today, accusing them of unlawfully obtaining information from a state news agency, according to media reports and authorities. At least seven journalists remained in detention today, according to the Belarusian Association of Journalists.”Raiding newsrooms, detaining reporters, searching their apartments, and seizing their equipment is a clear sign of government’s crackdown on independent reporting, whatever the pretense,” said CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia research associate, Gulnoza Said. “Belarusian authorities should immediately release all the journalists detained and stop harassing independent media.””Raiding newsrooms, detaining reporters, searching their apartments, and seizing their equipment is a clear sign of government’s crackdown on independent reporting, whatever the pretense,” said CPJ’s