Urgent Action: Journalist May Lose Son After Covering Protests (Belarus: UA 81.17)
The Belarusian authorities are threatening to take journalist Larysa Schiryakova’s 10 year old son away from her. This threat follows her critical reporting of events in the country including the ongoing crackdown against peaceful protesters.
1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
Urging the authorities to immediately end the harassment of Larysa Schiryakova, including by threatening to remove her son from her care and place him a children’s institution;
Reminding the authorities about their obligations to uphold the right to freedom of expression for all Belarusians, and that a free and independent media is an essential component of this right;
Calling on the authorities to stop detaining, harassing and placing arbitrary restrictions on journalists in Belarus.