Journalist Yauhen Merkis makes shoes in prison

Yauhen Merkis joined the workforce in prison. He can only correspond with his father and his right to monthly calls has been restricted, as per human rights activist Leanid Sudalenka, who shared this information about the journalist on his Facebook page.


A charter on the use of artificial intelligence was created in Paris. Ten commandments for journalists

The Paris Charter aims to safeguard the right to information by establishing guidelines for the ethical use and development of AI systems within news and information media outlets. It is the product of three months of intense collaboration between AI and journalism specialists, media representatives, and journalism support organizations. The committee, comprised of 32 distinguished personalities, was chaired by Nobel laureate Maria Ressa, with RSF coordinating the collaborative process.


Bialystok: Keeping torch burning for imprisoned journalists

The Solidarity Marathon, initiated by BAJ, took place in several cities, including Prague, London, and Toronto, over the past few days. The event also happened in Bialystok, a Polish town next to the border with Belarus.


London calling. Anti-censorship activists took part in Solidarity Marathon for Belarusian Journalists

Index on Censorship is based in London and advocates for freedom of speech and opposing censorship globally. The organization aims to raise awareness of threats and publicize the work of artists and writers who have experienced censorship.


The Internet Governance Forum aims to legitimize suppression of free speech

The Minsk Internet Governance Forum is scheduled for mid-November. It used to be open to all market players, but now only serves to create an illusion of normalcy and validate repression. Belarusian Association of Journalists, Belarusian Helsinki Committee, Human Constanta, and other activists have issued a statement denouncing the forum.


Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya assures she will persist in seeking support for Belarusian independent media and claims negotiations with YouTube advance significantly

On 9 November, the Belarusian democratic leader shared that Belarusians have numerous allies in the global community and she will continue to ask for aid in endorsing independent media. This announcement was made during a seminar held in Vilnius that promotes freedom of the Belarusian press. The event was organized by the embassies of Finland, Ireland, and Norway in Lithuania. The day before, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya had a meeting with the head of YouTube in Europe. There is some great news for the Belarusian media and audience.


EU politicians and diplomats, along with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, join Marathon of Solidarity with Imprisoned Journalists

At a seminar dedicated to supporting the freedom of the Belarusian media and initiated by the embassies of Ireland, Finland, and Norway in Lithuania, a solidarity picture was taken. The imprisoned journalists and their relatives received high-level support from the Belarusian democratic leader, EU politicians, and diplomats.


In Czechia, Belarusian lawyers backed the Marathon of Solidarity with Imprisoned Journalists

3 November marks six months since the campaign launch, which began in Vilnius, spanned half the globe, and recently resumed in Prague.


RSF delivers hundreds of “Postcards for Maryna” to Belarusian embassies in 7 cities, calling for the release of jailed editor Maryna Zolatava

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has concluded its “Postcards for Maryna” action by delivering hundreds of postcards, letters, and online messages in support of jailed Belarusian editor Maryna Zolatava to Belarusian embassies in seven cities around the world to mark Zolatava’s birthday. Joined by Zolatava’s family and prominent supporters, RSF has sent a clear signal to the Belarusian authorities that the international community is watching Zolatava’s case and demands the release of all 36 jailed media workers in the country.


In Lviv, Belarusians and Ukrainians expressed solidarity with journalists imprisoned by Lukashenka

Responding to the Belarusian Association of Journalists’ call to action, participants of the Astrozhskis Belarusian-Ukrainian Expert Forum media panel concluded the event by demonstrating solidarity with the imprisoned media workers.