Sergueï Satsouk

BELARUS

HEALTH SPECIALIST WHO DARED TO CRITICIZE THE PRESIDENT

Sergei Satsuk, who edits the online newspaper Yezhednevnik and is well known for his investigative reporting on Belarus’ healthcare system, is facing up to ten years in prison for an editorial casting doubt on the official Covid-19 statistics and criticizing an order issued by President Alexander Lukashenko to “deal with” media outlets that are “sowing panic” about the epidemic. The government’s already constant harassment of bloggers and reporters for independent media outlets has been stepped up as a result of the coronavirus crisis.