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Belarus: "As long as there are journalists, there will be prison cells"

, Index number: EUR 49/007/2002

Amnesty International is urging the Belarusian authorities to take immediate steps to put an end to the harassment and intimidation of the Pagonia journalists Nikolai Markevich and Pavel Mozheiko. AI believes that it is wholly unacceptable to prosecute the two journalists solely for giving voice to concerns and fears relating to the fate of the country's missing opposition leaders. The authorities should also take immediate action to ensure that they fulfil their obligations relating to the rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression. Amnesty International will consider anyone imprisoned solely for exercising these rights as prisoners of conscience and will call for their immediate and unconditional release.

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