Belarusian Association of Journalists calls on the world to help restore freedom of expression in Belarus

The Belarusian Association of Journalists calls on the world to help restore freedom of expression in BelarusCredit: alexskopje/Shutterstock.com

The Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) has called on the world to help restore freedom of expression in Belarus by putting pressure on President Lukashenko’s regime, as reported on Tuesday, August 9.

BAJ’s call for freedom of expression in Belarus comes on the second anniversary of the last presidential election in the Republic of Belarus.

According to the BAJ, the last two years have seen a “brutal repression of democratic forces” and “freedom of expression”.

Furthermore, they claim that the current regime has undermined the country’s independence by supporting Russia’s war against Ukraine.

Journalists have been particularly threatened by the regime, with 30 media workers currently imprisoned in Belarus.

The BAJ declared:

“Freedom of expression is the cornerstone of any democratic society. The Belarusian Association of Journalists, the largest democratic association of media representatives in Belarus, despite pressure from the authorities, continued its activities to protect media freedom and freedom of expression in Belarus.

“We are convinced that the international community should not turn a blind eye to the repression of the independent media sector and gross human rights violations against media representatives in Belarus.

“We call on our international colleagues, journalists and human rights organizations to call on the Belarusian authorities to stop repressing the media and citizens for expressing their opinions.”

“We urge you to call on your governments to use their political influence over the Belarusian authorities to restore freedom of expression in Belarus, which is not only a fundamental freedom but also a criterion for the exercise of all other civil and political rights”.

“We also ask you to express your solidarity with the Belarusian journalists, bloggers and activists who are being persecuted for exercising their right to freedom of expression.”

The news comes after reports of pro-Russian language discrimination in Belarus saw several native Belarusian speakers jailed, according to a new survey by the International Union of Belarusian Writers.


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Andrew B. Reiter