Katsyaryna Barysevich

Belarusian journalist

Katsyaryna Barysevich (Belarusian: Кацярына Анатольеўна Барысевіч, Russian: Екатерина Анатольевна Борисевич) (born on 2 August 1984 in Staryya Darohi, Minsk Region, Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union) is a journalist from Belarus.[2] She worked for the website TUT.BY, European Radio for Belarus and other media. She wrote about the death of Raman Bandarenka in 2020.[3] She was arrested on November 19, 2020, in Minsk.[4]

Katsyaryna Barysevich
Кацярына Анатольеўна Барысевіч
Born (1984-08-02) August 2, 1984 (age 39)
Alma materBelarusian State University[1]
Known forwriting on the late Raman Bandarenka
Criminal penaltyhalf-year in prison, 100-basic-unit fine
AwardsJournalist of the Year (2020)
"Honor of Journalism" (2021)
International Press Freedom Award [en] (2021)
Free Media Award [en] (2021)

Criminal procedure


On March 2, 2021, Barysevich was sentenced to serve a half-year in prison and to pay a fine for damages in 100 basic units for writing on the late Raman Bandarenka during the 2020–2021 Belarusian protests against Alexander Lukashenko.[5] On April 20, 2021, Minsk City Court said no to a request to call off or change the sentence.[6]



On November 24, the human rights organization Amnesty International named her a prisoner of conscience in the Bandarenka matter.[4] On the same day, ten organizations (the Viasna Human Rights Centre, the Belarusian Association of Journalists, the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and others) made a joint statement.[7][8][9] It said that she is a political prisoner.[7][8][9] Boris Haretski, deputy chairman of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, said that the authorities were not fighting the problem, but the media, “They think that if the press does not write about Bandarenka, people will not find out about it. Of course, they will know everything, but the media is still under attack."[10]

On December 10, 2020, she was named Journalist of the Year (2020).[11][12][13]

On December 16, 2020, support for the political prisoner was undertaken by Cem Özdemir, a member of the Bundestag.[14]

Among the organizations who considered Barysevich's imprisonment and sentencing to be bad, included the European Federation of Journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the International Press Institute.[15][16][17]

Together with Darya Chultsova and Katsyaryna Andreeva, on April 9, 2021, she got the Ales Lipay (the person who made BelaPAN) Prize "Honor of Journalism."[18]

On July 14, 2021, she got the International Press Freedom Award [en] from the Committee to Protect Journalists (organization that takes care of journalists).[19]

On August 12, 2021, she got the Free Media Award [en].[20]

Personal life


She has a daughter.[21]


  1. "Катерина Борисевич". TUT.BY (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2020-12-12. Retrieved 2020-12-11.
  2. Катерина Борсевич. "Катерина БОРИСЕВИЧ". Комсомольская правда (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-12-11.[permanent dead link]
  3. "Журналисту TUT.BY Катерине Борисевич, которая писала статью о Романе Бондаренко, предъявлено обвинение" (in Russian). Brestskaya Gazeta. 2020-10-29. Archived from the original on 2020-11-29. Retrieved 2020-12-11.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Гуштын, Адар'я (2020-11-27). "Журналиста TUT.BY Катерину Борисевич перевели в СИЗО на Володарского. Письма ей почти не доходят" (in Russian). TUT.BY. Archived from the original on 2020-11-30. Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  5. "Belarus journalist sentenced for report on protester's death". Associated Press. 2021-03-02. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  6. "Суд пакінуў без зменаў вырак Кацярыне Андрэевай і Дар'і Чульцовай. Каці і Дашы ў зале не было" (in Belarusian). Belsat. 2021-04-23. Archived from the original on 2021-04-23. Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Правозащитники признали политзаключенными журналисток Борисевич, Андрееву и Чульцову" (in Russian). BelaPAN. 2020-11-24. Archived from the original on 2020-11-24. Retrieved 2020-12-11.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Правозащитники признали журналисток Катерину Борисевич, Катерину Андрееву и Дарью Чульцову политзаключенными" (in Russian). MediaZona. Archived from the original on 2020-11-24. Retrieved 2020-12-11.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Журналисток TUT.BY и «Белсат» правозащитники назвали политзаключенными" (in Russian). TUT.BY. 2020-11-24. Archived from the original on 2020-12-09. Retrieved 2020-12-11.
  10. Александровская, Богдана (2020-11-25). "Ходьба по минному полю. Как в Беларуси сейчас работают журналисты" (in Russian). Deutsche Welle. Archived from the original on 2020-12-04. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  11. "Названы лауреаты Национальной правозащитной премии" (in Russian). Viasna Human Rights Centre. 2020-12-10. Retrieved 2020-12-11.
  12. "Есть такая профессия! "Журналистами года" правозащитники пр". Belarusian Partisan (in Russian). 2020-12-10. Archived from the original on 2020-12-10. Retrieved 2020-12-11.
  13. "«Журналистами года» правозащитники назвали трех арестованных по уголовным делам журналисток, в том числе и Катерину Борисевич" (in Russian). TUT.BY. 2020-12-10. Archived from the original on 2020-12-10. Retrieved 2020-12-11.
  14. "100 Paten für politische Gefangene in Belarus: Cem Özdemir wird Pate der Journalistin Katsiaryna Barysevich" (in German). Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights. 2020-12-16. Archived from the original on 2021-02-02. Retrieved 2021-02-02. Es ist von unschätzbarem Wert, dass mutige Journalist*innen wie Katsiaryna Barysevich die Wahrheit ans Licht bringen. ... Katsiaryna Barysevich ist eine von vielen beeindruckenden Frauen, die den Wandel in Belarus vorangetrieben haben.
  15. "EFJ demands the immediate release of Belarusian reporter Katsiaryna Barysevich". European Federation of Journalists. November 20, 2020. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  16. "CPJ condemns sentencing of Belarus journalist Katsiaryna Barysevich to 6 months in jail". Committee to Protect Journalists. 2021-03-02. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  17. "IPI denounces conviction of Belarus journalist Katsiaryna Barysevich". International Press Institute. 2021-03-03. Archived from the original on 2021-03-03. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  18. "Катерина Борисевич, Катерина Андреева и Дарья Чульцова удостоены премии «Гонар журналістыкі»" (in Russian). Brestskaya Gazeta. 2021-04-09. Archived from the original on 2021-04-09. Retrieved 2021-04-10.
  19. "Журналістка Кацярына Барысевіч узнагароджаная прэміяй "За свабоду прэсы 2021"" (in Belarusian). European Radio for Belarus. 2021-07-14. Archived from the original on 2021-07-14. Retrieved 2021-07-14.
  20. Кепински, Ольга (2021-08-12). "Все награды Free Media Awards присуждены белорусским журналистам" (in Russian). euronews. Archived from the original on 2021-08-12. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  21. "Катерина Борисевич, журналистка TUT.BY, обвиняемая по уголовному делу" (in Russian). Прэс-клюб Беларусь. Archived from the original on 2021-01-30. Retrieved 2021-01-30.

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