“Turkmenization is underway in Belarus.” Experts comment on situation with independent journalism in Belarus based on new BAJ and JFJ report

Since the suppression of the 2020 protests, the number of attacks on journalists and the media has declined, but the nature of the attacks has become more violent. In 2021 and 2022, the total number of reported cases was 1,432, compared with 1,558 in 2020, according to a report presented in London by BAJ and the Justice for Journalists Foundation. Download the report in English  


Tatsiana Pytsko extends the list of media representatives behind bars in Belarus. Now it counts 34 journalists

The Belarusian Association of Journalists has learned that Tatsiana Pytsko, the detained wife of Viachaslau Lazarau, a cameraman from Vitsebsk, is accused of alleged cooperation with the Belsat TV channel.

22.06.2023 wins Free Media Awards

The editorial team was awarded the 2023 Free Media Prize for “covering the developments in Belarus under particularly difficult conditions”.


Tatsiana Pytsko prosecuted for helping her husband, videographer Viachaslau Lazarau

Tatsiana Pytsko and Viachaslau Lazarau are now in Vitsebsk pre-trial detention center, and their one-year-old daughter will soon be transferred from the regional children's hospital to an orphanage.


BAJ piece on dismissed state TV employees deemed “extremist”

The national list of “extremist materials” was updated by an article published by BAJ in March 2023. It is a story of how the state media management handles “disloyal” employees.


“We stand in full solidarity with our brave colleagues!” The IFJ keeps torch of solidarity with journalist prisoners burning

In front of the building of the European Commission in Brussels, members of the International Federation of Journalists and its European regional organization organized an action in support of Belarusian imprisoned journalists. The action was held as part of the Marathon of Solidarity launched by BAJ on World Press Freedom Day.


BAJ website censored in Russia

The Roskomnadzor consumer watchdog has blocked access to several Russian, Belarusian, and Ukrainian websites on the grounds of military censorship. The list includes the website of the Belarusian Association of Journalists.


Germany takes part in political prisoner solidarity marathon

Former political prisoners say that every word of support they received was empowering and very inspiring. That is why a solidarity marathon with imprisoned journalists is so important. This time, a solidarity event was held in Berlin.


Ministry of Information cancels registration of Narodnaya Volya newspaper

The Ministry of Information has canceled the certificate of state registration of the newspaper Narodnaya Volya.


Increased repression against the Belarusian Union of Journalists

The regime in Belarus has declared that the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) logo is an extremist symbol.