Belarus: Reporter jailed for covering protest

A freelance reporter was sentenced to 11 days in prison following his coverage of an unsanctioned protest in Belarus. Aleksandr Borozenko, who was working for Poland-based satellite broadcaster Belsat at the time, was detained on 8 January, along with human rights activist Nikolai Kovalenko. Borozenko was reporting on a one-person vigil which was being staged by Kovalenko. The journalist was arrested by KGB security forces minutes after he began filming the activist’s protest, which took place in front of the KGB headquarters in Minsk. Borozenko reportedly began a hunger strike after hearing the verdict.