PRAGUE -- RFE/RL journalists working for the Belarus Service regularly face KGB harassment. According to Service leadership, correspondents are detained by Belarusian law enforcement for a couple of hours, on average, once a month.
Pressure is also exerted on journalists using the country’s system for accreditation, which authorities have applied selectively over the years, even threatening to revoke accreditation in retaliation for critical coverage.
Strict regulations governing the coverage of social and political events are frequently cited to justify withdrawing accreditation, or to detain or otherwise intimidate journalists who report independently of the government.
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