Belarusian Association of Journalists launches a campaign for the release of journalist Anton Surapin

2012 2012-08-14T17:23:22+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The Board of BAJ urges all who sympathize with independent journalism to sign a petition to free the photographer.

PA “Belarusian association of journalists” calls all its members and all sympathizing citizens to sign a special petition demanding to release Anton Surapin. Besides, BAJ addresses international journalism organizations and colleagues also join the campaign.

“Anton has stayed in the KGB detention center since 13 July 2012 on charges of assistance to illegal crossing of the state border, committed by an organized group of people (Part 6 of Article 16 and Part 3 of Article 371 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus). It seems that his fault was that he had published on-line exclusive photos of the teddy bears, dropped from the airplane which crossed the border.

We think that the criminal prosecution of A.Surapin is directly connected with his professional activities and roughly violates the right to receive, store and disseminate information, which is guaranteed by the Belarusian Constitution.

We demand to release Anton Surapin unconditionally and stop the criminal case.

We urge Belarusian citizens, human rights defenders and NGOs to support our demands, bearing in mind also the other detainee in the criminal case – realtor Siarhei Basharymau."

PA “BAJ” asks all who will sign the petition for Anon Surapin to send their petitions in registered mail at the address: Minsk, Kamsamolskaya Street, 7-32 (office of the PA “BAJ”). We ask also to make a copy for yourself (just in case).

You can also sign the petition in the office of PA BAJ from 10am to 6pm.

As the incoming petitions accumulate, PA BAJ will hand them over to the KGB, the body which has made the decision to arrest the journalist.