Belarusian Association of Journalists awarded an Honorary Diploma for outstanding work for the benefit of freedom of speech and professional journalism to Iosif Siaredzich, the founder and editor in chief of Narodnaya Volya.
SITUATION IN MASS MEDIA FIELD IN JANUARY – JUNE 2019 The general situation in the Belarusian mass media field was controversial in the first half-year 2019. On the one hand, it was influenced by the overwhelming trend of reinforcing governmental control over the media space. On the other hand, due to hosting the 2nd European Games, the official authorities were pushed towards greater openness of the country. A complicated foreign policy and economic situation in Belarus, including negotiation processes with the European Union and the United States, the increasing size of external debt and pressure on the part of Russia as well as the approaching elections to the Belarusian parliament (scheduled for November 17, 2019) should be taken into account, too.
Opening the conference on combating terrorism, Alexander Lukashenka proposed creating an "information neighborhood belt" to ensure non-interference of countries in their neighbors' information assets.
Pavel Sharamet Murdered Three Years Ago Colleagues and family paid tribute to the memory of Pavel PHOTO
On the third anniversary of the murder of the prominent journalist, colleagues and family visited his grave at the Paunochnya Cemetery in Minsk.
The European Union and the Republic of Belarus held the 6th round of the bilateral Human Rights Dialogue on 18 June 2019 in Brussels.
Once again, a major sports event is met with criticism for being placed in a semi-authoritarian regime with bad human rights records. The EOC vice president defends the decision of awarding the European Games to Minsk but is ready to discuss how to implement broader human rights demands for countries hosting Olympic events.
A document that was allegedly sent to Svetlahorsk district collective farms and enterprises has been brought to Belsat TV attention.
Lawyers of the Belarusian Association of Journalists prepared a reminder memo of what a foreign journalist needs to know coming to the 2nd European Games in Belarus. It covers:
Olympic Officials Should Ensure Reporters’ Safety