Journalist Volha Czajczyc arrested for doing her job

Volha’s stream on October 16

The journalist Volha Czajczyc had to spend several hours in the Baraulyany police department.

From the very start, the police did not like that Volha was recording in the police building. The journalist told what happened next:

“When I was detained, I was making a video, filming the police. When we entered the police station, the district police officer of the Baraulyany police department, Dzmitry Smyk, asked me to turn off the camera. I said that the police station is not a closed facility, it is a public place, I have the right to recird there. Then he forcefully took the phone from me and deleted all the videos of the police that I shot. I was left in the corridor, no actions were carried out with me for a long time. They brought papers to acquaint me with my rights. I asked them to speak Belarusian with me, to which they declared that we have two state languages, and they have the right to speak any of them. Then they left. No one kept me there by force, I had no right to leave the department, but I had the right to walk inside of it.

I went to the head of the police to complain that my rights were being violated, and that the police were obliged to speak with me in the state language I wanted. To which he began to yell at me and kicked me out.

It was Kanstantsin Zayats — the head of the Baraulyany police department. Only after three hours had passed, they drew up a report about the article about Kurapaty and released me”.

The journalist Volha Czjczyc was detained in Kurapaty and taken to the police department to draw up a report for “recording video without accreditation” on October 14.