The Belarusian Association of Journalists has won the Ihor Lubchenko National Prize for the Protection of Freedom of Speech. This decision was made by the Secretariat of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine.
A journalist who has worked for RFE/RL as a freelancer has been detained in Minsk, his wife said, amid an intensifying crackdown on independent media by the regime of Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
Belarusian Media Under Threat: What to do and What Support is Needed? Discussion. November 25, registration
Belarusian Media Under Threat: What to do and What Support is Needed?
BelaPAN editor-in-chief Iryna Leushyna and ex-director Dzmitry Navazhylau charged with “creating an extremist formation”
BelaPAN was recognized as an “extremist formation” by the authorities on November 1.
FIGURES OF THE YEAR. Repression of media and journalists in Belarus in 2020 Repressions against journalists in Belarus, 2020 (chart) In 2020, 480 detentions of journalists were recorded; In 2020, there were 97 cases of journalists serving administrative arrests; In 2020, journalists spent more than 1,200 days behind bars; In 2020, after election day on August 9, at least 62 cases of physical violence against journalists were recorded. The list includes incidents which the Belarusian Association of Journalists regards as violations of journalists' rights, committed by representatives of the authorities.
The decision to assign BelaPAN the status of “extremist formation” was made by the State Security Committee on November 1. The website of the agency or the state media never reported about it.
The Belarusian information ministry said on Wednesday that Polish journalists were welcome to come to Belarus’ side of the shared border to cover a worsening migrant crisis.
International community must not lose focus on severity of crackdown.
The Index on Censorship published a letter from Andrey Aleksandrov from prison.