The marathon in solidarity with imprisoned journalists continues. This time the campaign initiated by BAJ was supported by Australian journalist Steve Cannаnе, who now lives in London. He heads the European bureau of the ABC television network.
“Andrzej Poczobut is one of 33 journalists currently behind bars in Belarus, a Putin-backed dictatorship in the center of Europe,” Steve Cannаnе wrote on Twitter (X). “He has been sentenced to 8 years in prison. Support the Belarusian Association of Journalists!”
More than 28 thousand people follow the journalist’s account. He used to be a TV reporter and presented and an investigative journalist.
The journalist is well-informed about the Belarusian situation. In April 2023 he traveled to Vilnius to meet with Belarusian politicians and journalists. Later he published a report in which he reminded that Belarus is considered the most dangerous country in Europe for media workers.
In the publication, Steve Cannаnе quotes the story of Hrodna journalist Iryna Novik, who experienced first-hand what it is like to be persecuted by the authorities.
The Marathon of Solidarity with imprisoned Belarusian journalists began in Vilnius on May 3 with a joint effort between the Belarusian Association of Journalists and the Union of Journalists of Lithuania.
Previously, organizations and foundations from Germany, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and other countries have also participated in the action. Individuals, such as the US director Ernie Barbarash, also took part.
BAJ calls on journalists around the world to support the solidarity action! You can print portraits of imprisoned Belarusian media workers, take pictures with them in outstanding places in your city (not in Belarus) and post them on social media using the hashtags #СвабодуЖурналістам and #BecauseTheJournalist. Don’t forget to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Vyachaslau Lazarau has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison, while his wife, Tatsiana Pytsko, has received a three-year sentence