Andrei Bastunets: ‘The Dialogue with the EU Continues, but Problems with Freedom of Speech Remain to be Unsolved’
Andrei Bastunets, the Chairperson of Belarusian Association of Journalists expressed his concern with the fact, that the dialogue with the EU in the framework of ‘Eastern Partnership’ program continues, but it doesn’t result in any progress with situation with human rights in Belarus.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists Protests against Blocking Access to Social and Political Web-sites
The blocking of access to the Charter’97 Web-site was the second decision of the Ministry of Information of Belarus within a month’s term to restrict access to popular informational Web-resources on the territory of Belarus. It should be reminded that another decision to disable access to the ‘Belarusian Partisan’ (belpartisan.org) Web-site was taken by the Ministry in December 2017.
There were registered more conflicts between the Belarusian official authorities and journalists in 2017 than during the preceding three years taken together. The statistics were presented by the BAJ representatives during a press-conference in Minsk on January 16, 2018.
Famous Media Experts Summarize the Results of the Year in Belarus: The Village, ‘Native’ Advertising, Prosecuted Freelancers etc.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists asked colleagues to recollect main events in the Belarusian media field that happened in the year of 2017.
The director of ‘Belsat’ TV channel Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy noted during a meeting in Hrodna that ‘Belsat’ would survive and that the problem situation with its funding has been solved by now.
Zhanna Litvina about Situation with Human Rights in Belarus: ‘The Government Made Concessions, but Put Pressure on Journalists’
The 4th Belarusian Human Rights Defenders’ Forum took place in Vilnius on October 20-21, 2017. Representatives of 29 human rights organizations and civil initiatives from Belarus took part in the event.
Resolution of the 4th Belarusian Human Rights Forum On situation of human rights in Belarus
There are the most frequent violations of ethics in the Belarusian media that colleagues called - engagement of journalists, unilateral flow of information and a reprint of materials without reference to the first source.
The Least Open Governmental Institutions for Journalists – the Operational and Analytical Centre, the Ministry of Information and the KGB
They are followed by the Council of the Republic, the Ministry of Defense and the Presidential Administration.