The European Union condemns the liquidation of the Belarusian Association of Journalists – said the spokesman of the European Commission Peter Stano in a statement. – It is part of the systematic and continuous repression against all independent voices in the country – he pointed out.
On August 27, the Belarusian regime ordered closure of the Belarusian Journalist Associationy, the largest independent journalism organization in the country. “This closure is part of the systematic and continuous repression of all independent voices in the country,” European Commission spokesman Peter Stano said on Monday. – Among the 649 Belarusians recognized as political prisoners, there are 27 media workers – he added.
The European Union condemns the “ongoing repression” against Belarusian journalists
– In May, the largest independent media platform, tut.by, was silenced and criminal cases were launched against its management and journalists. Continued repression of NGOs and human rights defenders, including raids on private homes, continued in July, and many citizens were arrested on serious charges, Peter Stano noted.
– The European Union strongly condemns the ongoing repression, calls on the Belarusian authorities to end it, to respect international commitments and commitments within the UN and OSCE and, finally, to respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of their own society. The EU continues to support Belarusian citizens and will continue to support civil society, including independent and free media, he added.
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