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  • “We will continue until the repression stops. International Press Institute Launches Twitter Project on Belarus

    The International Press Institute (IPI) has launched a weekly review of violations of the rights of Belarusian journalists and media on Twitter. It has already provoked a predictable reaction: foreign readers are impressed by the repression in Belarus.

    The arrest of the for­mer edi­tor of a news­pa­per in Smarhon, the dereg­is­tra­tion of the news­pa­per Nar­o­d­naya Volya, and the block­ing of the web­site Press­ball – short mes­sages in Eng­lish about the sit­u­a­tion in Belarus now appear on the IPI Twit­ter account, which has over 52,000 fol­low­ers.

    Accord­ing to the Inter­na­tion­al Press Insti­tute, pub­li­ca­tions on Belarus will be pub­lished reg­u­lar­ly – once a week until the repres­sion stops.

    “We are mon­i­tor­ing vio­la­tions of jour­nal­ists’ rights in Ukraine and Rus­sia in the midst of war,” Karol Luč­ka of the Inter­na­tion­al Press Insti­tute, which mon­i­tors and pro­tects jour­nal­ists’ rights in East­ern Europe, said in a com­men­tary for BAJ. “At the same time, we are mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion in Belarus. This is one of our main areas of activ­i­ty. We decid­ed it would be fair to fill the gap and sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly report on the numer­ous vio­la­tions against media and jour­nal­ists in Belarus.”

    He point­ed out that many of the regime’s actions are not pub­li­cized because they are con­sid­ered minor. But when they are com­piled into a week­ly sum­ma­ry, the scale of the repres­sion and its sys­tem­at­ic nature becomes clear.

    “We are see­ing a sea­son­al reac­tion from the pub­lic,” said Karol Luč­ka. “Our read­ers are shocked by the repres­sion against mem­bers of the press. Many have begun to for­get about the sit­u­a­tion in Belarus, which is only get­ting worse.”

    The Inter­na­tion­al Press Insti­tute was found­ed in 1950 in New York, USA, by media lead­ers from fif­teen coun­tries. From the out­set, its goal was to mod­ern­ize jour­nal­is­tic prac­tices and pro­tect free­dom of expres­sion. IPI mem­bers include pub­lish­ers, edi­tors, own­ers of major media com­pa­nies and promi­nent jour­nal­ists.

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