On July 1, BAJ sent an official letter to the Central Electoral Commission, asking to include its members into the Supervisory Council on the Media, designed to enforce observance of media law and procedures of political agitation during elections.
Journalists suggest including Andrei Bastunets, chair of BAJ, and Aleh Aheyeu, lawyer of BAJ, into the Supervisory Council.
The mentioned council has been set up by a ruling for the period of pre-electoral agitation, the document dated June 28, 2016. In an interview to the Radio Svaboda, the chair of CEC Lidziya Yarmoshyna said that all candidates to the Supervisory Council had been suggested by the Ministry of Information. However, she added that the body was still open for suggestions from “the alternative journalistic union”, i.e. from BAJ.
The parliamentary elections are scheduled for September 11, 2016.