EFJ Appeals to Lukashenka to Introduce Freelance Journalists into Law

On November 26, the head of the European Federation of Journalists Mogens Blicher Bjerregård sent a letter to Alexander Lukashenka asking to introduce the definion of freelance journalists into the media law of Belarus.


Ministry of Information Blocks 40 Websites, 11 of them Extremist

In 2015, the Ministry of Information restricted access to 40 websites, says Lilija Ananič in the reply to BAJ request sent on November 5.


Two Books by Pazniak Claimed to Be Extremist

The expert commission of the Brest region held an assessment of three books authored by Zianon Pazniak and claimed that two of them contained signs of extremism; the commission applied to the Maskouski district court of Brest to recognize the books extremist and to ban them.

Міліцыя правярае пасведчанні ў журналістаў. Фота "Радыё Свабода"

Journalists Accused of Participation in an Unsanctioned Protest Action (Upd)

  On the evening November 24, the police drew up administrative reports against some journalists who covered an action of protest in Minsk.


Freelance Journalists in Homel Complain to Prosecutor General

  Natallia Kryvashei, Larysa Shchyrakova and Kastus Zhukouski are trying to appeal against the fines imposed on them according to art. 22.9 of the Administrative Code for cooperation with Belsat TV channel.


Printing House Forced to Destroy Book by Vital Silitski

  The post-mortem edition of the book by political scientist Vital Silitski “Long road from tyranny: post-Communist authoritarianism and fighting for democracy in Serbia and Belarus” was published by magazine ARCHE in October 2015.


Belarusian Customs Office Seize“Extremist” Products from Ukrainian Journalists

  The information appeared on Facebook page of Alexander Doniy: he and four his colleagues were going to Vilnius via Belarus with the cultural program Last Barricade which is broadcast on the Ukrainian Central channel.


Stand Up For Online Freedom

On November 5, BAJ held an online conference on questions of regulating ByNet.


KGB Reveals Criminal Surveillance Group

  On October 29, the KGB published the press release that a special operation had been held to detain a group of people who eavesdropped on businessmen, politicians, journalists of state-run and independent media for three years.


Belarusian Movie after Alexander Feduta Book Wins Award at Szczecin European Film Festival

"Amerykanka. All included", the film by Viktar Korzun, written after the book by Alexander Feduta "American Poems", was awarded as the best documentary at the Polish festival of European Cinema in Szczecin.


International Journalism Competition Belarus in Focus 2015: Call for Applications

Ukrainian crisis and presidential elections have become important reasons for international media to pay attention to Belarus. Are you interested in Belarus? Have you written articles about this country in 2015?


CEC Denied Information to Independent Newspaper

  The independent newspaper Nasha Niva remarked that minutes at some polling stations were re-written after finalization of ballots count. The data publicized upon completion of counting of ballots at precinct electoral commissions did not coincide with respective results announced further at territorial electoral commissions.