Svetlahorsk: Belsat TV contributor Kastus Zhukouski fined $480

Svetlahorsk district court imposed BYN 920 on freelance journalist Kastus Zhukouski. Homiel activist Andrey Tolchyn was BYN 460 fined.

Judge Ruslan Tsaruk ruled that Zhukouski and Tolchyn had violated Art. 22.9 of the Administrative Code (illegal distribution of media products).

In late March, Kastus Zhukouski was subpoenaed by both prosecutor’s office and the KGB for covering ‘non-parasite’ protests in Homiel and reporting economic and social problems in other Belarusian cities and town.

In 2016, Zhukouski has been fined 7 times for illegal production and distribution of media products (Article 22.9 of the Administrative Code), but in fact – for contribution to foreign mass media without having accreditation. Protesting against unfair decisions, he even sewed his mouth.