Halina Abakunchyk: “I’ve never witnessed anything like this in Minsk in all the demonstrations I’ve covered,” said Halina Abakunchyk, a journalist for RFE/RL’s Belarus Service, Radio Svaboda, whose camera was taken by police before she swiped it back. She reported that protesters were being “snatched up by unknown people in plain clothes,” forced into riot police vehicles and taken away.
Imprisoned in Azerbaijan
Investigative journalist and RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova was arrested and detained on Dec 5, 2014. On Sept 1, 2015 she was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison.
11 months 20 days