The Belarusian Association of Journalists calls on the Prosecutor General, the Chairman of the Investigative Committee and the Interior Minister to personally oversee the investigation.
Economic Court of Minsk refused to consider the appeal to invalidate the non-normative legal act issued by the Ministry of Information ruling to restrict access to Charter'97 website.
A working group meeting preceding the second reading of a draft law on ‘Amendments to the Law ‘On Mass Media’ was held at the Standing Committee on Human Rights, National Relations, and Mass Media on May 8, 2018.
The Central City District Court of Minsk considered 6 cases on administrative charges against freelance journalists, who cooperate with ‘Belsat’ TV channel, within one day of May 7th. All of them were fined.
On the eve of the World Press Freedom Day 2018 (WPFD), the European Federation of Journalists expresses its solidarity with prosecuted journalists in Belarus.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists has sent to each member of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus their comments and suggestions regarding the amendments to the Law on Mass Media.
The work of the NGO “Belarusian Association of Journalists” in 2015 - 2017 focused on the statutory goals and objectives and the implementation of the Strategic Directions of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, which were adopted by its last Congress. In accordance with them, the main goal of BAJ is to expand the space for freedom of speech through the support of high-quality journalism demanded by the public, as well as the dissemination of truthful information.
Statement by the Congress of the Belarusian Association of Journalists on changes to the Law on Mass Media
On 19 April, the House of Representatives of the National Assembly passed in its first reading a draft law providing for introduction of major changes in the media legislation.
The 10th Congress of Belarusian Association of Journalists was held in Minsk on April 20, 2018. During the gathering, new leadership of BAJ was elected. Andrei Bastunets was re-elected to hold the position of the BAJ Chairperson in 2018 – 2020.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists submitted its comments and suggestions on the draft amendments regulating the media sphere to the Standing Commission on Human Rights, Ethnic Relations and Mass Media of the House of Representatives.
The BAJ Chairperson Presented Expert Review of Draft Changes in Mass Media Law to Minister of Information
The BAJ Chairperson Andrei Bastunets had a meeting with the Minister of Information of Belarus Aliaksandr Karliukevich on April 6, 2018. The BAJ Chairperson handed over expert review of draft amendments to the Belarus law ‘On Mass Media’ to the minister.
Draconic Draft Amendments to Mass Media Law: Registration of On-line Periodical Editions, Identification of Commentators, Blocking of Social Media
The Belarusian Association of Journalists has received a draft law of Belarus ‘On Introduction of Changes and Amendments to Some Laws of Belarus’ from the Standing Committee on Human Rights, National Relations, and Mass Media. The draft bill mainly concerned the existing Belarus law ‘On Mass Media’.