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Access to BAJ website blocked

04.11.2021, 18:56
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On November 4, the Belarusian Ministry of Information blocked the access for Belarussian users to the website of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), as this was reported on the BAJ website.

The BAJ finds the liquidation of the organization and the blocking of its website to be absolutely unlawful measures.

The association plans to create a mirror site for its readers.

“Despite blocking access from Belarus, the BAJ website will keep working and thank our colleagues for their confidence. In the coming days, we will create a mirror for users from Belarus, ”the statement reads.

The BAJ website was and remains the main source of information and analysis about the Belarusian media sector, the facts of persecution of journalists and the media in Belarus.

As IMI reported, on August 27, the Supreme Court of Belarus considered and upheld a lawsuit filed by the Ministry of Justice to liquidate the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ). Earlier, the hearing was postponed due to the fact that the organization appealed against the notice of the Ministry of Justice, which formally led to the closure. . 

On July 20, it became known that the authorities in Belarus had frozen all transactions with the bank account of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ).

On July 14, the BAJ office was searched, and representatives of the organization were not even summoned. Security forces broke in the door, searched it and sealed the office. The organization does not have access to the press and statutory documents.

On July 18, the BAJ reported that more than 60 searches of media outlets and their staff had been conducted in Belarus in 10 days.

On July 14, mass searches and detentions of activists, human rights defenders, and journalists took place throughout Belarus . In particular, searches took place in the offices of at least 13 NGOs, including the Viasna Human Rights Center, the Belarusian Association of Journalists, the Names charity project, the For Freedom movement, the Lawtrand Legal Transformation Center, the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, and the Batkivshchyna Association of Belarusians of the World. , “Gender Perspectives”, Office of European Expertise and Communications, Union of Belarusian Writers, Belarusian Popular Front, BEROC Center for Economic Research.

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