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  • OSCE Media Freedom Representative meets with representatives of the BAJ and editors of independent media

    The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFoM), Teresa Ribeiro, met online today with representatives of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) and editors of several independent media outlets to discuss the current state of freedom of expression and media freedom in Belarus.

    Ribeiro met with BAJ mem­bers Andrei Bas­tunets (Chair­per­son), Oleg Ageev, Boris Goret­skiy and Olga Khvoin. She also met with Mari­na Zolo­to­va from the media por­tal Tut.by; Iri­na Lev­shi­na from Bela­PAN news agency; Aleksy Dzikaw­ic­ki with Bel­sat TV chan­nel; Iri­na Novik from the news por­tal, Hrodna.life; Vladimir Yanuke­vich with Intex-Press news­pa­per; and Alex­ey Kozliuk from Human Con­stan­ta, a human rights orga­ni­za­tion.

    The Rep­re­sen­ta­tive expressed her seri­ous con­cern regard­ing the neg­a­tive impli­ca­tions of the ongo­ing polit­i­cal devel­op­ments in the coun­try on the work of media out­lets and the con­tin­ued per­se­cu­tions and harass­ment of media actors and pro­fes­sion­als. She also not­ed the wor­ri­some legal devel­op­ments in the coun­try and their poten­tial to neg­a­tive­ly affect free­dom of expres­sion and free flow of infor­ma­tion, both offline and online.

    Ribeiro thanked the par­tic­i­pants for their courage and con­tin­ued ded­i­ca­tion to media free­dom prin­ci­ples, despite the var­i­ous chal­lenges to jour­nal­ists’ safe­ty in Belarus in recent months.

    The Rep­re­sen­ta­tive pre­vi­ous­ly expressed her con­cern about the dete­ri­o­ra­tion of media free­dom in Belarus on 16 Feb­ru­ary and 18 Feb­ru­ary 2021.

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