Polish journalist sentenced to 5 years in prison in Belarus

10:20 04 August Kyiv, Ukraine

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki called the journalist's sentence "an absolute scandal".

 
Slunikova was charged with "creating an extremist formation." The process lasted more than a month behind closed doors. On August 3, she was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
 
"Freedom of the press, freedom of speech and the unhindered right to express one's views are the key principles of democracy. The sentence of the Lukashenka regime against journalist Irina Slaunikova - 5 years in prison - is an absolute scandal, a violation of all civilizational norms, human rights and journalists," Morawiecki said.

According to the Belarusian human rights center "Viasna", at least 1,253 convicts are now political prisoners in Belarus.