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Join us in supporting media freedom in Belarus

Today is the 25th anniversary of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), and the celebrations have a particularly hostile context. The European Federation of Journalists expresses its pride in Belarusian colleagues' struggle for media freedom and against repression and censorship. It calls on all journalists' organisations and all journalists to show solidarity with colleagues in Belarus.

Andrey Bastunets

Andrey Bastunets, president of the Belarusian Association of Journalists

BAJ is currently focusing on the detention of journalists - there have been 174 cases since 9 August - and on lawsuits against journalists covering demonstrations. It is providing assistance to 52 journalists who have been victims of violence.

The association also fights against multiple restrictions on access to information: blocking of multiple online media; obstacles to printing and distribution of newspapers; suppression of accreditation for journalists working for foreign media; and expulsions of special envoys.

The EFJ calls on the European journalistic community to show solidarity with BAJ and Belarusian journalists. Please post solidarity messages on social networks with the hashtag #BAJ25RAZAM - please join us in supporting media freedom in Belarus.