European Federation of Journalists and International Federation of Journalists strongly condemn liquidation BAJ
The Belarus Supreme Court dissolved today the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), the only independent representative organisation of journalists and media workers in Belarus and one of the country’s most prominent champions of freedom of expression. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) strongly condemn this parody of justice.
IFEX stands with Belarusian Association of Journalists following court-ordered dissolution, calls on global community to support Belarusian rights defenders.
On August 27, according to the decision of the Supreme Court, BAJ representative "misunderstood the law", and all their arguments as to no legal grounds to sustain the liquidation claim should be considered unimportant. Judge of the Supreme Court Inesa Lazavikova.
According to the decision of the Supreme Court, BAJ representative "misunderstood the law", and all their arguments as to no legal grounds to sustain the liquidation claim should be considered unimportant.
According to our own information, Yuliya Slutskaya, the founder of Press Club Belarus, its directors Syarhei Alsheuski and Ala Sharko, cameraman Pyotr Slutski have been released from pre-trial detention centre Nr 1 in Minsk.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists is outraged by another act of severe pressure on independent media. On August 18, the office of BelaPAN news agency and the apartments of its employees were searched as part of a criminal case. Access to the company's website is blocked.
BelaPAN staff searched and interrogated Accountant, director and former director of the news agency have been detained
BelaPAN news agency staff were raided in the morning of August 18. Two people were detained and placed in the detention center BelaPAN website can't be reached at belapan.by and belapan.com both from Belarus and abroad.
Minsk, 13 August. A judge of the Centraĺny District Court in Minsk on Friday applied an “extremist” label to tut.by, Belarus’ most popular independent news portal, and zerkalo.io, a website launched last month by some members of the tut.by team.