Journalists remain jailed for covering Belarus protests

BoingBoing reader Lisa says,

Here's an update on the journalists jailed during mass arrests of people protesting the outcome of the elections in Belarus. Among those currently serving sentences are a Canadian freelance reporter, Frederick Lavoie, as well as Russian and Georgian journalists. Belarussian officials have refused the Canadian government's demands that Lavoie be released. They state that he is in the country on a visa that does not allow for him to work as a journalist. Of course, Belarussian officials don't often hand out accreditation to allow independent media to come in anyways, so most journalists come in on a tourist visa.

Link to Reporters Without Borders news release.