A Belarusian court sentenced journalists to eight years in prison for treason on Wednesday.

Katsiaryna Andreyeva, 28, a journalist at the Polish broadcaster Belsat TV, was arrested in 2020 for reporting a mass protest in Minsk and sentenced to two years in prison for organizing mass anxiety.

Belarusian investigators filed a new proceeding against her in the spring when she was still in prison and charged her with treason. Authorities did not disclose the details of the case, and the trial was held in a closed room.

Call the court after the verdict is unanswered.

Polish broadcaster Belarus, focused on Belarusian news that Minsk has branded the militants, confirmed her ruling on Wednesday.

State news agency BelTa quoted the court as being convicted of Andreyeva handing over the state’s secrets.

The journalist was declared a political prisoner by Vesna-96 after her first conviction.

The rights group estimates that Belarus holds about 1,300 political prisoners in Belarus.

Many of them were arrested during a wave of protests against President Alexander Lukaschenko, who has been in power since 1994. -Reuters

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