On May 3, on World Press Freedom Day, the Belarusian Association of Journalists and the Union of Journalists of Lithuania held a solidarity action and launched a solidarity marathon to draw attention to the media situation in Belarus. BAJ calls on colleagues all over the world to support the solidarity action.
Marathon of solidarity
The solidarity marathon, initiated by BAJ in May 2023, reached North America. Representatives of the global network for the protection and promotion of freedom of expression, IFEX, held a rally near Toronto City Hall. They came out with portraits of imprisoned Belarusian journalists. Thus, despite censors and dictators’ efforts, the truth thrives around the world.
The Solidarity Marathon, initiated by BAJ, took place in several cities, including Prague, London, and Toronto, over the past few days. The event also happened in Bialystok, a Polish town next to the border with Belarus.
London calling. Anti-censorship activists took part in Solidarity Marathon for Belarusian Journalists
Index on Censorship is based in London and advocates for freedom of speech and opposing censorship globally. The organization aims to raise awareness of threats and publicize the work of artists and writers who have experienced censorship.
EU politicians and diplomats, along with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, join Marathon of Solidarity with Imprisoned Journalists
At a seminar dedicated to supporting the freedom of the Belarusian media and initiated by the embassies of Ireland, Finland, and Norway in Lithuania, a solidarity picture was taken. The imprisoned journalists and their relatives received high-level support from the Belarusian democratic leader, EU politicians, and diplomats.
3 November marks six months since the campaign launch, which began in Vilnius, spanned half the globe, and recently resumed in Prague.
Responding to the Belarusian Association of Journalists’ call to action, participants of the Astrozhskis Belarusian-Ukrainian Expert Forum media panel concluded the event by demonstrating solidarity with the imprisoned media workers.
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.
“We call for the restoration of press freedom”. Australian organizations show solidarity with jailed journalists from Belarus
Media workers from the far-off continent joined the BAJ Solidarity Marathon in support of the imprisoned Belarusian journalists. The Australian Media, Entertainment, and Arts Alliance (MEAA) showed their support for the campaign launched in May from Vilnius.
Reporters Without Borders expressed solidarity with imprisoned Belarusian journalists in 12 countries
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joined the solidarity marathon initiated by BAJ on the day of the appeal review in the TUT.BY case. Offices from 12 countries supported the campaign.
Independent Belarusian journalists who had to flee their country to avoid persecution and now reside in Batumi, Georgia, organized a solidarity event in support of their colleagues who are incarcerated in Belarus on political grounds. After the action, they had a meeting with the Chairman of the Belarusian Association of Journalists to discuss journalistic work and life in Georgia.
Well-known journalist, cultural critic, and public figure Pavel Mazheika received a 6-year prison sentence. His colleagues carried out a campaign in solidarity with him in different countries. They took pictures with his image along with the message ‘Journalism is not a crime’.
This is another expression of support for Belarusian journalists who are currently imprisoned. Ernie Barbarash, a US American filmmaker, participated in the Marathon of Solidarity with imprisoned journalists, a campaign initiated by BAJ. He chose to show support for journalist Larysa Shchyrakova from Homel. Her criminal case is currently being considered by the Homel Regional Court.