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    The Belarusian Association of Journalists is a registered organization that strictly follows the legislation and its Statute, and protects the rights and legitimate interests of its members. BAJ is a member of the International and European Federations of Journalists, and IFEX network, and we thank our colleagues around the world for their solidarity and support.

    How will the searches affect our work

    BAJ office is sealed, which sig­nif­i­cant­ly com­pli­cates our work: we have no access to the seal and doc­u­ments. How­ev­er, we intend to con­tin­ue our legit­i­mate activ­i­ties. We addressed the Inves­tiga­tive Com­mit­tee with a request to return the seal, statu­to­ry doc­u­ments and access to the office.

    Mem­ber­ship fees and bank account. The bank account of BAJ was arrest­ed, although we did not even receive a noti­fi­ca­tion about it. But you can still pay your mem­ber­ship fees and donate to the account through the web­site. This mon­ey will still be writ­ten off as manda­to­ry pay­ments to the bud­get.

    Mem­ber­ship lists.Dur­ing the search, the jour­nal­ists’ mem­ber­ship  appli­ca­tions with their per­son­al data, were seized. The law oblig­ed us to keep these doc­u­ments in the office. How­ev­er, there is a the­o­ret­i­cal pos­si­bil­i­ty that jour­nal­ists may be called in for ques­tion­ing. If this hap­pens, do not be afraid — we are all mem­bers of a reg­is­tered orga­ni­za­tion and work in full com­pli­ance with the law. 

    If you have any ques­tions or need advice, please con­tact us.

    BAJ Con­gress on April 16. We con­tin­ue to pre­pare for the Con­gress of the Belaru­sian Asso­ci­a­tion of Jour­nal­ists, which is sched­uled for April 16. We encour­age BAJ mem­bers to nom­i­nate del­e­gates: you can find more details on how to do this HERE.

    Most impor­tant­ly, BAJ thanks all part­ners and col­leagues in Belarus and all over the world for their sol­i­dar­i­ty with us and all Belaru­sian jour­nal­ists.

    You can still con­tact BAJ by phone +375291267098 or via email baj@baj.by

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