Wave of support in Europe for Belarusian journalists
THE PRESIDENT of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), Andrei Bastunets, today thanked member unions of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) for their expressions of support. The EFJ forwarded nessages from journalists' unions and associations in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Ukraine.
In Denmark, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod immediately responded to the call by the Danish Union of Journalists (DJ), International Media Support (IMS), UNESCO-Denmark and the EFJ to react to the situation in Belarus. Representatives of the four organisations met with the Minister on Thursday.
Tine Johansen, President of DJ said: "We have seen unprecedented violent attacks on journalists in Belarus. This is why I welcome the reaction of our Foreign Minister in support of media freedom and the safety of journalists."
EFJ President Mogens Blicher Bjerregård stressed the importance of strategic, coordinated and long-term actions: "The Minister's full support is accompanied by immediate emergency funding. This is the result of a coordinated approach with our affiliate in Belarus.The EFJ will continue a close dialogue with BAJ in Minsk to ensure the best use of funds."
23 August 2020
The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joins the Belarussian Association of Journalists (BAJ) in demanding the immediate lifting of blocks on news websites in Belarus.