Mapping Media Freedom correspondent Volha Siakhovich spoke to Andrei Bastunets, chairpersion of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, about the state of press freedom in Belarus.
"Commemorative Picture" - this is the title for the photo project about soldiers fighting in Eastern Ukraine, made by photo journalist, BAJ member Alexander Vasiukovich.
Chairperson of BAJ Andrei Bastunets and head of the monitoring group of BAJ at the elections Ales Antsipenka are telling their views of what is going on in the media at the electoral campaign.
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Almost ten years ago, before the electoral campaign in 2006, several independent socio-political newspapers were excluded from distribution catalogues of Belposhta and Belsayuzdruk, postal and distribution monopolists in Belarus.
On May 7, a documentary Banda was presented in Minsk dedicated to abductions of some politicians and the journalist Dzmitry Zavadski in 1999-2000.
The amendments tighten state control over informational sphere in Belarus (over the Internet in the first place) and restrict citizens’ right to free expression and the right to gather and disseminate information, guaranteed by the Constitution.
It’s been a month since the military affairs analyst Aliaksandr Alesin was released under recognizance from the KGB detention. The press service of BAJ took an interview with the journalist about developments in the case.
105 million rubles for fines, 60 million euro of state budget support to mass media, 14 administrative cases and 29 detentions – year 2014 in figures of the monitoring service of BAJ.