BAJ Appeals to Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression

BAJ sent urgent letters to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression David Kaye, informing about the recent violent attack on the correspondent of portal Pavel Dabravolski, and about the continuing administrative prosecution of freelance journalists contributing to foreign mass media without accreditation.


Discussion: Challenges of Social Nets

Last week, representatives of two journalistic unions – the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) and the Belarusian Union of Journalists (BUJ) discussed ethics of journalists in social networks.


Journalists Petition to Investigate the Beating Case

Journalists filed a collective petition to the Ministry of Information and the General prosecutor’s office demanding to consider the incident of beating of Pavel Dabravolski, identify and bring to liability the policemen involved in the beating, and to take measure to prevent such incidents in future.


E-NEWSLETTER: MASS MEDIA IN BELARUS Bulletin #6(46) Brief Annual Review

The Presidential election was the main factor that influenced the situation of mass media in Belarus in 2015. The election was held on October 11, 2015. On the eve of the Presidential election, the authorities introduced stricter norms into the media legislation and its application practice. Apparently, the decision was also grounded on the intention of Belarusian government to reinforce control over the media coverage of the gradually aggravating economic situation in the country.


Alesin’s Case Suspended through Elimination of a Criminal Article

On January 25, the media reported that the criminal case against the journalist Aliaksandr Alesin had been suspended. It turned out that probably the case was suspended due to the fact that article 356.1, with which he had been charged (establishing cooperation with special services, security or intelligence services of a foreign state), was eliminated from the Criminal Code by the Law dated January 5, 2016.

Прэзідэнт ЕФЖ: “Ён проста рабіў сваю працу, каб асвятляць злоўжыванне ўладаў” 28.01.2016

Belarus detains and fines journalist for filming police attacking protesters

Paul Dabravolski, a reporter working for the Belarusian news website TUT.BY was arrested and given a fine of 9.450.000 Belarusian rubles (420 EUR) for filming police beating two protesters during a court hearing on a graffiti case on 25 January. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) have today condemned the arrest and urged the authority to withdraw all charges against Dabravolski.


OSCE Representative condemns police violence against journalist in Belarus and reiterates call on authorities to stop persecuting members of media

VIENNA, 27 January 2016 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today condemned an attack against a journalist by police officers in Belarus, and called on the authorities to ensure journalists’ safety.


BAJ Demands Criminal Investigation into the Fact of Beating a Journalist

On January 26, the Board of BAJ made a statement concerning yesterday’s beating of Pavel Dabravolski, journalist of, in the building of Frunzenski district court of Minsk.

Павел Добровольский возле РУВД Фрунзенского РУВД Минска, где он написал заявление. Фото: Вадим Замировский, TUT.BY 25.01.2016

Journalist Beaten in Court Building

Journalist Pavel Dabravolski was covering a scandalous graffiti case when he was detained, beaten and fined.

Aliaksandr Alesin 25.01.2016

KGB Suspends Criminal Case against Alesin

The Committee for State Security (KGB) informed Aliaksandr Alesin last week, the prosecution against the journalist had been suspended.