Journalists are not criminals! Five media representatives’ trials about to start in Belarus STATEMENT
The Belarusian Association of Journalists demands an end to the crackdown on its members.
Dear journalists and media workers of world media, We, the National Journalists Union of Ukraine, would like to thank you for the support of Ukraine, which we feel in times of Russian invasion into our country.
We, Belarusian activists and civil society organizations, united within the Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, condemn the military invasion of the Russian Federation in Ukraine. Ukrainians heroically resist aggression and do everything possible to protect their citizens and the country.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists is outraged by another act of severe pressure on independent media. On August 18, the office of BelaPAN news agency and the apartments of its employees were searched as part of a criminal case. Access to the company's website is blocked.
The Justice for Journalists Foundation and its Media Risk Map partners monitoring attacks on media workers in the post-Soviet space call on international organisations and governments of all countries to do their utmost to secure the early release of all incarcerated media workers and to end the barbaric violations of their rights. According to the JFJ’s experts, at least 84 media workers from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Crimea, Russia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are awaiting trial in detention or under house arrests, or have already been sentenced to long-term imprisonment and are held in prisons and prison camps. Доклад Фонда «Справедливость для журналистов» о атаках на медиаработников в Беларуси