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07.05.2015

Free Word Winners Announced

On May 7, the jury of the creative contest for journalists Volnaye Slova (Free Word)  announced the names of the winners; the awarding ceremony is held traditionally at the beginning of May, dedicated to the Press Freedom Day.

26.04.2015

Andrei Bastunets Elected Chairperson of BAJ

This is a unanimous decision taken by delegates of the IX Congress of BAJ on April 24 in Minsk. Zhanna Litvina, who had performed the functions for almost 20 years, announced she would not suggest her candidacy for the post.

25.04.2015

Practice of oppressing members of media in Belarus must change, OSCE Representative says

VIENNA, 3 April 2015 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović reiterated her call on the Belarussian authorities to stop persecuting members of the media, following continued and repeated intimidations of journalists for doing their job.

20.04.2015

Belsat Undertakes Another Accreditation Attempt

First time in ten years, the director of Belsat Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy was allowed entry to Belarus.

19.04.2015

Mass Media Week in Belarus Info-posting April 7 – 19, 2015

Within the reporting period, one more journalist was fined for cooperation with foreign mass media. Several online provocation occurred, involving an independent news outlet and a human rights defender. BAJ member, political prisoner Yauhen Vaskovich had a short-term meeting with his relatives.

06.04.2015

Mass Media Week in Belarus Info-posting March 23 – April 6, 2015

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of Speech Dunja Mijatović raised the issue of numerous fines for “illegal production and distribution of mass media products”, in fact, for that journalists contribute to foreign mass media without accreditation in Belarus. “The authorities have to stop imposing restrictive measures on freelance journalists, hindering them to do their job in a free and safe manner,” Mijatović said on April 3. “A constructive solution to this issue should be reached. My Office stands ready to assist the authorities in any way necessary in order to reverse this destructive trend, as well as facilitate a dialogue and joint activities of government institutions and media organizations on the topic.”

30.03.2015

Most Providers Lift Blocking from Independent News Websites

On March 26, reports appeared that some Belarusian providers blocked access to Charter’97, Belaruspartisan, Viasna.

22.03.2015

Mass Media Week in Belarus Info-posting March 16 – 22, 2015

BAJ received an official reply to its request filed to the ministry of Home Affairs; journalists asked to publicize the internal ruling that banned taking pictures of administrative buildings. The deputy head of the chief department on crime prevention and maintaining public order I.Kubrakou answered that “lately, there have been facts in the country when citizens, including foreign ones, took photos of administrative buildings with the purpose of further discrediting of state bodies.” So, measures were taken to prevent potential threats – “from provocations to terrorist acts”. The official representative claims that law enforcement agencies have the right to find out for what purpose such pictures are taken. However, they are not obliged to publicize an internal document. The lawyer of BAJ Andrei Bastunets said BAJ would file a claim against the “internal document”.