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Belarusian: БелаПАН
IndustryNews agency
Founded19 November 1991
HeadquartersMinsk, Belarus
OwnerAles Lipay

The Belarusian Private News Agency (Belarusian: Беларускае прыватнае агенцтва навін) or shortly BelaPAN (Belarusian: БелаПАН) is a non-governmental news agency in Belarus. It is a big news agency in the country. BelaPAN makes news on politics, economy, and sports from Belarus in the Russian, Belarusian, and English languages.[1]

BelaPAN has the on-line newspaper Belorusskiye Novosti ([2] Its site can't be opened in Belarus.[3] It has been writing about the 2020 Belarusian protests and 2020 Belarusian presidential election.[3]

On January 14, 2021, the office of BelaPAN was searched. Computers and part of the written by hand and printed papers were taken away. All that stopped the work of the news agency.[4]

On August 18, 2021, the police searched the office of BelaPAN, houses of its journalists.[5] The police took away computers, smartphones, and other things from there.[5] A number of people who worked for BelaPAN were arrested, including editor-in-chief Iryna Levshyna.[5] The websites of BelaPAN ( and has stopped working since August 18, 2021.[5][6] Iryna Levshyna, past head Zmicier Navazhilau and accountant Katsyaryna Boeva became persons in a criminal case on organizing actions that attack public order.[6][7] On August 19, 2021, ten organizations (the Viasna Human Rights Centre, the Belarusian Association of Journalists, the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and others) made a joint statement.[6][7] It said that they are political prisoners.[6][7]

In November 2021, the KGB declared BelaPAN an extremist formation.[8] Creation of such a formation or participation in it is a criminal offence in Belarus,[9] and indeed, Levshyna and Navazhilau were charged with creation of an extremist formation. BelaPAN websites, already blocked in Belarus, have stopped updating.[10]

Awards[change | change source]

BelaPAN has received numerous awards, including:

References[change | change source]

  1. "New Projects Submitted to the IPDC" (PDF). International Programme for the Development of Communication. UNESCO HQ, Paris: 85. 2011-03-24.
  2. Шибут, И.П. (2006). "Из истории развития сетевых изданий Беларуси" (PDF). Belarusian State University (in Russian). Minsk: 1–8.
  3. 3.0 3.1 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 2020-10-08.
  4. "«Работа парализована». В офисе агентства БелаПАН прошел обыск. Изъята техника и документы" (in Russian). TUT.BY. 2021-01-14. Archived from the original on 2021-01-14. Retrieved 2021-01-14.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 als (2021-08-18). "Belarus: Lukaschenkos Regime geht gegen unabhängige Nachrichtenagentur Belapan vor". Deutsche Presse-Agentur (in German). Der Spiegel. Archived from the original on 2021-08-18. Retrieved 2021-08-18.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Заява аб прызнанні трох супрацоўнікаў "БелаПАН" палітычнымі зняволенымі" (in Belarusian). Viasna Human Rights Centre. 2021-08-19. Archived from the original on 2021-08-26. Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Зняволеныя супрацоўнікі «БелаПАН» прызнаныя палітвязнямі" (in Belarusian). Novy Chas. 2021-08-19. Archived from the original on 2021-08-26. Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  8. "KGB declares BelaPAN extremist formation". Belsat. 14 November 2021. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  9. "BAJ demands to stop using anti-extremist legislation to restrict freedom of speech". Belarusian Association of Journalists. 17 November 2021. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  10. "«Попав в историческую мясорубку, мы не стали фаршем». Старейшему независимому агентству новостей «БелаПАН» — 30 лет". Nasha Niva (in Russian). 19 November 2021. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Unesco 2011, p. 84.
  12. "Информационная компания БелаПАН стала лауреатом III ежегодной премии КСО в Беларуси" (in Russian). 2016-03-18. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  13. "Ирина Левшина: Моя мечта — уважать руководство моей страны" [Irina Levshina: My Dream Is to Gain Respect Towards My Homeland’s Authorities] (in Russian). Reformation. 2019-12-12. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  14. "В Минске определили "чемпионов гражданского общества" 2018 года" (in Russian). Spektr. 2019-01-11. Archived from the original on 2020-07-27. Retrieved 2020-07-20.
  15. "Премия "Лидер потребительского рынка" отметила пятилетний юбилей" (in Russian). BelTA. 2019-12-12. Retrieved 2020-07-20.

Literature[change | change source]

  • Белару́скае прыва́тнае аге́нцтва наві́н (БелаПАН) // Беларуская энцыклапедыя: У 18 т. Т. 2: Аршыца — Беларусцы / Рэдкал.: Г. П. Пашкоў і інш. — Мн.: БелЭн, 1996. — С. 399. — 480 с. — 10 000 экз.ISBN 985-11-0061-7.
  • Міхальчанка А. М. Беларускае прыватнае агенцтва навін // Энцыклапедыя гісторыі Беларусі / Рэдкал.: М. В. Біч і інш.; Прадм. М. Ткачова; Маст. Э. Э. Жакевіч. — Мн.: БелЭн, 1993. — Т. 1: А-Беліца. — С. 357. — 494 с. — 20 000 экз.ISBN 5-85700-074-2.