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HRDs call to release journalists held on criminal charges

25.11.2020 HRDs call to release journalists held on criminal charges

Joint statement by Belarusian human rights organizations on the criminal cases of journalists Katsiaryna Barysevich, Katsiaryna Andreyeva and Darya Chultsova

BAJ demands immediate release of TUT.BY reporter Katsiaryna Barysevich

21.11.2020 BAJ demands immediate release of TUT.BY reporter Katsiaryna Barysevich

The Belarusian Association of Journalists believes that instead of looking for the real perpetrators of the murder, the investigators persecute those who are trying to find out the truth about the circumstances of Raman Bandarenka's death.

Stop pressure on the press!

12.10.2020 Stop pressure on the press!

Statement by Belarusian Association of Journalists, Press Club, and United Media Association

Nasha Niva editor held on libel charges

23.09.2020 Nasha Niva editor held on libel charges

Yahor Martsinovich, editor-in-chief of Nasha Niva, a popular online news site, was detained this morning by Belarusian security officers. His apartment was searched by the Interior Ministry’s Directorate of Internal Security.

Wall of silence in Belarus: massive withdrawal of press accreditations

30.08.2020 Wall of silence in Belarus: massive withdrawal of press accreditations

After the arbitrary detention of about 50 journalists on Thursday, the Belarusian authorities are stepping up the withdrawal of press accreditations for journalists covering the country’s news for foreign media. A wall of silence is gradually isolating Belarus from the rest of the world. The EFJ condemns the inaction and wait-and-see attitude of the international community.

BAJ demands to unblock websites, stop pressure on media, and ensure release of publications

24.08.2020 BAJ demands to unblock websites, stop pressure on media, and ensure release of publications

On Friday evening it was reported that the Ministry of Information had restricted access of Belarusian users to websites of a large number of media and political movements. Most well-known of them are Radio Svaboda, Belsat TV, Euroradio, Solidarity newspaper, Udf.by, The Village, By.tribuna.com, Vitebsk Courier, People's News of Vitebsk, Masheka.by, and the website of the Human rights center Viasna.

Amnesty International: Belarus: Attacks on journalists mount amid protest crackdown

13.08.2020 Amnesty International: Belarus: Attacks on journalists mount amid protest crackdown

The Belarusian authorities must immediately end their assault on journalists, Amnesty International said on 12 August, amid reports of journalists being arrested, beaten, and targeted with rubber bullets while covering the vicious police crackdown on protests. Media workers have also had their cameras smashed and their footage deleted.

Petitioners, journalists detained near KGB building in Minsk

29.07.2020 Petitioners, journalists detained near KGB building in Minsk

A group of reporters were briefly detained by the police yesterday afternoon, July 29, after they arrived to the KGB headquarters in central Minsk to cover the filing of petitions requesting the release of arrested presidential nominee Viktar Babaryka, baj.by said. The police also detained some 40 people who came to file petitions.

Beaten and fined: over 40 journalists detained in 2 months of Belarusian protests

20.07.2020 Beaten and fined: over 40 journalists detained in 2 months of Belarusian protests

Over 40 representatives of the press have been detained when covering peaceful protests in the last two months, tut.by said. Some of them were beaten, while a few were convicted of “illegal protesting” and “resisting arrest”.

Officials hold back COVID-19 facts from media and the public

06.05.2020 Officials hold back COVID-19 facts from media and the public

The state propaganda accuses its private counterparts of misinformation and escalation, and the authorities threaten reporters with penalties. Meanwhile, officials have built a ‘wall of silence’ to suppress information about the COVID-19 crisis, Belarusian Association of Journalists said.

Position of human rights organizations on the arrest and detention of Siarhei Satsuk

03.04.2020 Position of human rights organizations on the arrest and detention of Siarhei Satsuk

On March 25, Siarhei Satsuk, journalist and chief editor of the Internet daily “Ezhednevnik”, was arrested in Minsk. He was remanded in custody on March 26. On March 26 and 27, searches were carried out at Ezhednevnik’s office and in Satsuk’s apartment; office equipment and documents were seized.

Civil society alarmed by lack of reliable information on COVID-19 outbreak in Belarus

01.04.2020 Civil society alarmed by lack of reliable information on COVID-19 outbreak in Belarus

The Belarusian Association of Journalists has called on the government to provide full, accurate and regular updates on the current situation with the coronavirus disease, as lack of information has led many to believe the country’s authorities are downplaying the spread of the infection.

Reporters Without Borders: 389 journalists currently in prison worldwide

17.12.2019 Reporters Without Borders: 389 journalists currently in prison worldwide

A total of 49 journalists were killed this year, 389 are currently in prison and 57 are being held hostage, according to the annual worldwide round-up of deadly violence and abusive treatment against journalists, released today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Journalism remains a dangerous profession but the number of journalists killed this year is at its lowest in 16 years.

CPJ: Turkmenistan, Iran, Belarus Among World's 'Most Censored Countries'

11.09.2019 CPJ: Turkmenistan, Iran, Belarus Among World's 'Most Censored Countries'

In a new report, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) named Turkmenistan, Iran, and Belarus as being among the ten worst countries for press censorship.

Mass Media Situation in Belarus in 2018. Report by BAJ

13.06.2019 Mass Media Situation in Belarus in 2018. Report by BAJ

The Belarusian Association of Journalists has published an annual Monitoring Report 2018 on the situation in the field of media.

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