BAJ logo declared extremist

The website, social media pages and logo of the Belarusian Association of Journalists have been included in the national list of extremist content. It is noteworthy that the name of the public organization was misspelled in the decision.


Ranak TV channel staff members detained and fined

The arrested employees of the Ranak TV channel have been charged with administrative offenses. They were accused of broadcasting “extremist” content. The court sentenced the arrested men to seven days of administrative detention, while the women were fined, Mediazona Belarus reported, citing the Homel chapter of the Viasna Human Rights Center.


“If one of us is imprisoned, the other one takes the child and leaves the country.” The key from the report of human rights activists on the psychological state of political emigrants

The psychological problems of Belarusian political emigrants, including journalists, have become the center of attention of human rights activists. Many are still going through traumatic experiences, struggling with depression, separation from loved ones.


Tatsiana Pytko, wife of imprisoned cameraman Viachaslau Lazarau, detained

The woman was arrested on June 6 and is currently in custody. Tatsiana and Viachaslau’s daughter, who is just over a year old, has been sent to a children’s hospital as there is no family or guardian nearby.


Lukashenka Pardons Russian Jailed After Forced Landing Of Commercial Flight

MINSK -- Authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka has pardoned Sofia Sapega, a Russian citizen who was serving a six-year prison term in Belarus on charges related to civil disturbances that followed a disputed 2020 presidential election.


Mother of imprisoned journalist Larysa Shchyrakova dies

Larysa Shchyrakova’s mother was 80 years old. She had a severe form of COVID-19 last year and suffered many complications. In her last months she could not move by herself and was bedridden. Larysa’s father, 88, took care of her, RFE/RL Belarus reported.


Free speech in Belarus: fighting for the truth in a climate of oppression (15th June)

The event will be held in-person and online 15th June. The simultaneous interpretation from English to Russian will be available for those joining online.


Torch of Solidarity with Jailed Belarusian Journalists Passes to Copenhagen

At the congress of the Danish Helsinki Committee, influential human rights activists voiced their support for media workers who remain behind bars in Belarus.



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"For them, the events in our region are a conflict between Russia and satellite countries." Belarusian journalist talks about visiting South Korea

Two years ago, journalist and documentarian Mikhail Arshynski received an award for a film about the 2020 political campaign at the Hinzpeter Awards Documentary Film Festival in South Korea. And now he has been invited back to the country that until recently was a brutal autocracy and very much resembled modern Belarus. Our colleague shared with BAJ his impressions of Asian democracy, his vision of the situation in our region, and the role of the media.