Belarusian editor detained amid crackdown on journalists

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The chief editor of a popular Internet news site in one of Belarus’ largest cities was detained and his residence searched amid a crackdown on independent journalists and opponents of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Police said Sunday they were investigating editor Aliaksei Shota on suspicion of extremism. The publication focuses on Belarus’ fifth-largest city Grodno. City police said the website “posted information products that were duly recognized as extremist,” but did not give details. The website said he was held for police for several hours before being released and that computer hard drives were taken by police from his home. Belarus’ crackdown escalated a week ago with the arrest of a dissident journalist.