Nasha Niva

Belarusian informational website

Nasha Niva (Belarusian: Наша Ніва, romanized: Naša Niva, it means "Our field") was a newspaper in Belarus. It was made in 1906. It was made again in 1991.[2][3][4]

Наша Ніва
Nasha Niva
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)VPUP Surodzichy
EditorYahor Martsinovich
LanguageBelarusian (Taraškievica before 2008)
Circulationover 6,000[1]

The website of "Nasha Niva" ( was made in 1997. This site can't be opened in Belarus.[5] It has been writing about the 2020 Belarusian protests and 2020 Belarusian presidential election.[5] It uses the Belarusian language.[6]

"Nasha Niva" is free of state propaganda.[7][8] It is against Alexander Lukashenko. The government tried to close the newspaper many times. The newspaper got big fines and was left from state circulation. The editors and journalists have been arrested.[9]

As of 2020, the editor-in-chief is Yahor Martsinovich, he came after Andrej Dyńko.[10][11]

2021 attack


On July 8, 2021, the office and the houses of its main people were looked for.[12] Main journalists Yahor Martsinovich, Andrej Dyńko, Andrej Skurko, accountant Volha Rakovich were arrested.[13] "Nasha Niva" said that editor Jahor Marcinovič went through a physical attack.[14] They were called responsible for the 2020 Belarusian protests.[12][13] Several other "Nasha Niva" journalist were detained.[12] Since that day, the domain name was stopped working, the website of "Nasha Niva" can't be opened.[12][14] The Ministry of Information of Belarus made such punishment for "prohibited information" that the website has been having over it.[12]

On July 12, 2021, ten organizations (the Viasna Human Rights Centre, the Belarusian Association of Journalists, the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and others) made a joint statement.[15] It said that Yahor Martsinovich, Andrej Dyńko, Andrej Skurko, and Volha Rakovich are political prisoners.[16]

In November 2021, Nasha Niva's Telegram channel and its social networks were declared extremist materials.[17] In January 2022, the KGB declared Nasha Niva an extremist group.[18] Creation of an extremist group or participation in it is a criminal offence in Belarus.[19]

On March 15, 2022, Martsinovich and Skurko were sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for estimated material damage of 10,000 Belarusian rubles ($3000). According to the investigators, in May 2017 they opened offices in Skurko's apartment but kept paying for electricity as individuals, while Belarusian law obliges legal persons to pay increased rates.[20]

"Nasha Niva" logo in the early 20th century (written in the Belarusian Latin alphabet)
Editors office after police search, 2010


  • Chief editor Andrej Dyńko got International Award "Freedom of Speech"[21] and Lorenzo Natali Prize (2006);[22]
  • Free Media Award [en] (2007)[23]
  • I Love Belarus (2010)[24]
  • Andrej Dyńko got first prize in ‘Belarus in Focus’ journalist contest (2013)[25]
  • Egor Martinovich got ‘Press Freedom’ award by Reporters Without Borders (2015)[26]
  • Egor Martinovich and Dmitry Pankaviec got BAJ ‘Volnaye Slova’ Award (2015)[27]
  • Natallia Lubneuskaya got the Free Media Award [en] (2021)[28]


  1. "Тыраж штотыднёвіка «Наша Ніва» дасягнуў 6000 ас. - Наша Ніва: першая беларуская газэта". Archived from the original on 16 September 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  2. Belozorovich 2018, p. 11.
  3. Labintzev & Shavinskaya 2017, p. 509.
  4. Unuchak 2017, p. 51-56.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Штейн, Евгения (2020-08-29). "В Беларуси заблокировали «Нашу Нiву» и, журналистов иностранных СМИ лишают аккредитации" (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2020-09-29. Retrieved 2020-11-24.
  6. "История "Нашей Нивы" c 1906 года до наших дней" [History of Nasha Niva Since 1906 to Our Days] (in Russian). Nasha Niva. 2017-08-18. Retrieved 2020-08-08.
  7. ""Самый сложный в истории независимой Беларуси год". Как беларусские СМИ нарушали стандарты в июне" [The Most Difficult Year in History of Independent Belarus. How Belarusian Press Violated Journalism Standards in June] (in Russian). Media IQ. 2020-07-17. Archived from the original on 2020-07-27. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  8. "Лидер по пропаганде в мае — "СБ. Беларусь сегодня"" [Belarus Today Leads in State Propaganda in May] (in Russian). Media IQ. 2019-06-28. Archived from the original on 2020-10-03. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  9. "Authorities crack down on independent journalists". Committee to Protect Journalists. 2008-03-27. Retrieved 2020-08-08.
  10. "Минская милиция задержала главреда газеты "Наша нива"" [Minsk Police Detains "Nasha Niva" Editor Martinovich] (in Russian). Interfax. 2020-08-11. Retrieved 2020-08-08.
  11. "Главред газеты «Наша нива» задержан после освещения акций протеста в Минске". Газета.Ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-09-05.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 "Massive crackdown on independent media throughout Belarus". Belsat. 2021-07-08. Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Силовики пришли в издание «Наша Ніва»: у сотрудников и в офисе провели обыски, сайт недоступен (обновляется)" (in Russian). ZERKALO.IO. 2021-07-08. Retrieved 2021-07-08.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "«Мы давно к этому готовились». Что будет с «Нашай Нівай» после блокировки сайта и ареста сотрудников" (in Russian). ZERKALO.IO. 2021-07-12. Archived from the original on 2021-07-13. Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  15. "Праваабаронцы прызналі палітвязнямі чатырох супрацоўнікаў "Нашай Нівы"" (in Belarusian). European Radio for Belarus. 2021-07-12. Archived from the original on 2021-07-12. Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  16. Коваль, Илья (2021-07-13). "В Беларуси ряд сотрудников издания "Наша Нива" признали политзаключенными" (in Russian). Deutsche Welle. Archived from the original on 2021-07-13. Retrieved 2021-07-13.
  17. "В Белоруссии признали экстремистским Telegram-канал «Наша нива»". RBK (in Russian). 2021-11-23. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  18. "МВД Беларуси признало «экстремистским формированием» сайт и соцсети издания «Наша Нiва»". Current Time TV (in Russian). 2022-01-27. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  19. "BAJ demands to stop using anti-extremist legislation to restrict freedom of speech". Belarusian Association of Journalists. 17 November 2021. Archived from the original on 22 December 2021. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  20. "Суд в Минске приговорил главного редактора "Нашей Нiвы" к 2,5 года колонии" [Nasha Niva Chief Editor Sentenced to 2.5 years] (in Russian). Interfax. 2022-03-15. Retrieved 2022-03-15.
  21. "Главный редактор белорусскоязычной еженедельной газеты "Наша ніва" Андрей Дынько стал лауреатом ежегодной международной премии "Свобода высказывания"" [Chief Editor of Belorusian Newspaper "Nasha Niva" Andrej Dyńko to Win Annual International Award "Freedom of Speech"] (in Russian). 2006-11-22. Archived from the original on 2020-10-03. Retrieved 2020-08-02.
  22. "Белорусский журналист Андрей Дынько удостоен премии Еврокомиссии имени Лоренцо Натали" [Belarusian Journalist Andrej Dyńko to Win Lorenzo Natali Prize] (in Russian). TUT.BY. Archived from the original on 2020-10-03. Retrieved 2020-08-08.
  23. ""Наша Ніва" получила международное признание" ["Nasha Niva" Wins International Recognition] (in Russian). Deutsche Welle. 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2020-08-02.
  24. "Прэмію «Люблю Беларусь» нарэшце ўручылі ляўрэатам" (in Belarusian). Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 2010-02-20. Archived from the original on 2021-03-20. Retrieved 2021-03-20. {{cite web}}: |archive-date= / |archive-url= timestamp mismatch; 2020-04-28 suggested (help)
  25. "Шеф-редактор "Нашай нівы" победил в журналистском конкурсе Belarus in Focus" [‘Nasha Niva’ Chief Editor to Win ‘Belarus in Focus Competition’]. BelaPAN (in Russian). Салiдарнасць. 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2020-08-24.
  26. "Наталья Радина и Егор Мартинович стали лауреатами премии "Свобода прессы" организации "Репортеры без границ"" (in Russian). Belarusian Association of Journalists. 2015-12-11. Archived from the original on 2020-10-02. Retrieved 2020-08-02.
  27. "Журналисты "НН" Мартинович, Гордиенко и Панковец — среди победителей конкурса "Вольнае слова"". Nasha Niva (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2015-05-07. Retrieved 2020-08-08.
  28. 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.



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