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.
Journalists and cultural workers from Germany, Belarus, Eritrea, and Russia gathered in Berlin’s cultural center.
Expressing solidarity with Belarusian journalists behind bars, the participants held their portraits. At the moment, over 30 media workers are incarcerated in Belarus.
Organized by the Weiter Schreiben literary platform and the Goethe Institutein ex ile, the event included a meeting between Sabina Brilo (Belarus) and Yirgalem Fisseha Mebrahtu (Eritrea), both journalists and poets. The authors share a similar fate: dictatorship in their home countries and life in exile.
As part of the Weiter Schreiben, the poets wrote letters to each other, exchanging views on the dramatic human rights situation in their countries. The writing was full of pain, suffering, and fear.
The marathon of solidarity with the journalists of Belarusian political prisoners was launched on May 3 in Vilnius by a joint action of the BAJ and the Lithuanian Union of Journalists.
Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and other countries have already joined the call.
BAJ calls on colleagues all over the world to support the solidarity action!
You can print portraits of imprisoned colleagues, take pictures with them in recognizable places of your city and publish them on social media with the tags #СвабодуЖурналістам and #BecauseTheJournalist, and also send us to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.