Is this a crime?

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has today staged an action in Brussels to support its affiliate, the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), whose members were accused of violating the law for their campaign action on 5 November, Stand up for Journalism Day.

The EFJ (in the picture) has mimicked the action taken by the BAJ members on 5 November in order to show the ridiculousness of the police charges. The charges were brought against the group after they took a picture in Vitebsk to support the Stand Up For Journalism Day of the EFJ held on 5 November. They are now waiting a court appearance on Thursday, 27 November.

The EFJ, together with BAJ, have written an open letter to the Belarusian authorities demanding them to drop the charges against the group who participated in the action.