© Reuters. The journalist Katerina Borisevich takes part in a court hearing in Minsk
KYIV (Reuters) – A Belarusian court on Tuesday sentenced a journalist to six months in prison for divulging medical secrets after contradicting official statements about the murder of a protester who authorities alleged was drunk at the time .
Katerina Borisevich had reported that there was no alcohol in the blood of the protester Roman Bondarenko when he died.
Artyom Sorokin, the doctor who shared Bondarenko’s medical report with Borisevich, was given a suspended sentence.
The death of 31-year-old Bondarenko became the focus of months of mass protests against veteran President Alexander Lukashenko, who launched a violent crackdown that sparked Western sanctions against Minsk but was backed by Russia.
Authorities said that the disclosure of information about Bondarenko posed a threat to public safety.
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