Volunteers, beginner model, claustrophobia of urban open space, gambling business – these are the topics covered by young photographers within the project of BAJ Molodost. Belarus (Youth. Belarus). One and a half months of creative torments were crowned with the photo exhibition, presented on February 17 at the Literary Museum named after Piatrus Brouka, Minsk. Ten series within the photo project will be published daily on the website baj.by and on naviny.by, BelaPAN news agency. The project was curated by Siarhei Balay, photo editor of Naviny.by, and Mikhail Domozhilov (Doc Doc Doc, School of Modern Journalism, Russia).
The two-day conference “Mass Media in Belarus: Challenges and Chances” gathered media professionals, civil society and governmental officials from Belarus and abroad. Some important messages below briefly explain what issues are faced by journalistic community in Belarus, and not only, from the perspective of laws and politics.
On the conference’ second day, the speakers touched upon the issues of economic hardships, copyright disputes and the specific of online transition of traditional independent mass media. Some remarkable excerpts from the conference can be found below.
On February 13 – 14, the Belarusian Association of Journalists jointly with the Media Institute Fojo held a press conference “Mass Media in Belarus: Challenges and Chances”.
Within a day, Belarusian law enforcement agencies forbid the prominent poet and writer Serhiy Zhadan to stay in Belarus, but then overturned the ban.
The Radio Svaboda reports that the Polish MFA has stopped financing Belsat TV.
The incident took place at the hotel were the shooting crew of the independent Ukrainian channel was staying. Vital Sizou was instructed to leave the territory of Belarus for the reason that he was on the Russian list of unwelcomed persons.
As reported on January 20, the Belarusian General prosecutor’s office ruled to extradite Russian-Israeli blogger Alexander Lapshin to Azerbaijan, where he is accused of separatism.
On the evening and at night on January 18, the website of the Belarusian Association of Journalists baj.by was subject to a heavy DoS-attack.
The Ministry of Information has blocked 11 websites for publication of inappropriate advertising, says a press release on the website of the agency.