Belarusian Association of Journalists

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Belarusian Association of Journalists
Andrei Bastunets

The Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) (Belarusian: Беларуская асацыяцыя журналістаў Biełaruskaja Asacyjacyja Žurnalistaǔ) is a non-governmental organisation of journalists in Belarus.[1] To have freedom of speech and rights of receiving and distributing information are its desire.[2] It was made in 1995.[3] BAJ is a friend of the International Federation of Journalists, the European Federation of Journalists, and Reporters Without Borders. It got the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize in 2004.[4] It got Free Media Award [en] in 2021.[5]

On August 27, 2021, the Association was formally closed by the Supreme Court of Belarus.[6] However, it continued to function outside Belarus.[7][8]

On February 28, 2023, the KGB has designated the Association as an 'extremist formation'; as a result, participation in it can be punished with a prison sentence.[9][10]

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  1. Каравянкова, Таццяна (2009-05-25). "«Аддаваць» мэдыясфэру ўлады не маюць намеру" (in Belarusian). BelaPAN. Archived from the original on 2021-03-05. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
  2. "Домен продается. Купить в магазине доменов RU-CENTER". Jun 6, 2003. Archived from the original on 2003-06-06. Retrieved Aug 14, 2020.
  3. "Belarusian Association of Journalists |". Archived from the original on October 31, 2020. Retrieved Aug 14, 2020.
  4. "The Belarusian Association of Journalists – Sakharov Prize Laureate 2004". European Parliament. Archived from the original on 2016-10-29. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  5. Кепински, Ольга (2021-08-12). "Все награды Free Media Awards присуждены белорусским журналистам" (in Russian). euronews. Archived from the original on 2021-08-12. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  6. "Belarus Supreme Court dissolves Belarusian Association of Journalists". Committee to Protect Journalists. 2021-08-27. Retrieved 2021-09-06.
  7. Sviatlana Haluza (2022-02-07). "In Belarus, 33 journalists remain imprisoned. This is who they are and why they were detained". ECPMF. Retrieved 2022-04-02.
  8. "Belarus: Crackdown on BAJ and Belsat must stop". IFJ. 2021-11-08. Retrieved 2022-04-02.
  9. "OSCE Media Freedom Representative condemns yet another attack on the Belarusian Association of Journalists". Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. March 8, 2023. Retrieved March 10, 2023.
  10. "IPI denounces designation of Belarusian Association of Journalists as 'extremist group'". International Press Institute. March 8, 2023. Archived from the original on March 9, 2023. Retrieved March 10, 2023.

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