Prestigious Harold Pinter prize this year goes to the Belarusian journalist and British playwright. The prize established in 2009 is awarded by the United Kingdom’s PEN club. Read More
A journalist was detained at the airport as she was boarding a flight to Warsaw. Read More
Journalist of “Novaya Gazeta” Irina Khalip talked about her first impressions upon release.German journalist Ingo Petz talked with the wife of former Belarusian presidential candidate, Andrei Sannikov. Interview with Irina Khalip was published by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Read More
Every former political prisoner can be again imprisoned. Read More
The trial of a journalist Iryna Khalip will take place on Friday, 19 July, in the court of Minsk’s Partisan district. Read More
The leader of European Belarus civil campaign and his wife appeared on BBC. Read More
An article with extracts from Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s interview about journalist Iryna Khalip has disappeared from the website of the Evening Standard newspaper (the UK). The presidential press service claims the Belarusian dictator didn’t give an interview to Oliver Poole, the Standard’s journalist. Read More
Born on 12 November 1976 in Minsk. Personal correspondent of Russian Novaya Gazeta in Belarus. Former deputy editor-in-chief of Belaruskaya Delovaya Gazeta and editor-in-chief of Imya weekly, which was closed down by the authorities. Repeatedly prosecuted for her journalist activities. In April 1997, Irina, together with her father, screenwriter and documentarian Uladzimir Chalip, was badly beaten during an opposition rally. Winner of a number of awards, including the Dzmitry Zavadski Award (2003), the Henri Nannen Press Award (2005), the Hero of Europe Award (2005). In 2009 she was awarded the Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation.
She is married to former Belarus presidential candidate Andrei Sannikau, an opposition activist and recipient of the 2005 Bruno Kreisky Award.
Chronicle of repression
On 19 December 2010, Irina was detained and put into the KGB pre-trial prison. In late December Irina was charged with involvement in mass riots and was facing up to 15 years of imprisonment. During her detention, the authorities tried to take away her 3-year-old son Danik Sannikau.
On 29 January 2011 she was released from prison and was subjected to house arrest. In February 2011, she was arrested again.
In April charges were changed and she was charged under the art. 342, part 1 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus (organization and active participation in group actions, seriously violating public order).
On 16 May 2011 she was sentenced to 2 years of imprisonment with 2-year determent. On 19 July 2013 the prosecution against Chalip has been withdrawn.