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  • BAJ nominates National Union of Journalists of Ukraine for UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

    Last year, the Belarusian Association of Journalists won the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. 46 countries, as well as many journalistic organizations globally, nominated BAJ for this award. Among them was the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, BAJ’s close partner.

    On 24 Feb­ru­ary last year, Ukraine faced a bru­tal and inhu­mane attack ini­ti­at­ed by Rus­sia. Among thou­sands of inno­cent vic­tims, the jour­nal­is­tic com­mu­ni­ty also suf­fered big human loss­es.

    Yet, despite the shelling of peace­ful cities, attacks and shoot­ings of jour­nal­ists and entire film crews, the seizure and destruc­tion of media offices by Russ­ian invaders, Ukrain­ian jour­nal­ists have shown extra­or­di­nary courage and pro­fes­sion­al­ism. Risk­ing their lives every day, they do their best to con­vey the real pic­ture of the war to the Ukrain­ian pub­lic and the world.

    From the first min­utes of the full-scale war, the Nation­al Union of Jour­nal­ists of Ukraine switched to a round-the-clock work mode. Evac­u­a­tion from the bat­tle­fields, orga­niz­ing pro­tec­tive equip­ment, reset­tle­ment and sup­port pro­grams, relo­ca­tion of jour­nal­ists and their fam­i­lies from the occu­pied ter­ri­to­ries, pro­vid­ing sup­port for edi­to­r­i­al offices and indi­vid­ual jour­nal­ists, shar­ing impor­tant infor­ma­tion and pro­tec­tive gear with for­eign jour­nal­ists in Ukraine, open­ing Jour­nal­ists Sol­i­dar­i­ty Cen­ters around the coun­try, and a huge amount of tech­ni­cal assis­tance for media work­ers – this is just a small por­tion of what NUJU has done over the past year.

    More­over, in 2021–2022, the Nation­al Union of Jour­nal­ists of Ukraine, as a long-stand­ing and reliant part­ner of the BAJ, keen­ly helped Belaru­sian inde­pen­dent media work­ers who had to flee Belarus because of repres­sion.

    Con­sid­er­ing the above, as well as the years-long NUJU con­tri­bu­tion to press free­dom defense, the Belaru­sian Asso­ci­a­tion of Jour­nal­ists decid­ed to nom­i­nate the Ukrain­ian part­ner for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Free­dom Prize.

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