“We hope, the guidelines will contribute to better safety of our colleagues who may face problems covering the games,” said Aleh Aheyeu, BAJ deputy chairperson and head of BAJ Legal Center for Protection of the Media.
“We would also like to offer BAJ services and assistance to foreign journalists in case they encounter problems related to their professional activities,” he added.
With this memo, BAJ warns about the difficulties journalists may face while working in Belarus, a country were freedom of the press is under permanent attacks.
In the past years, the situation has worsened following new tightened regulations on accreditations, repeated searches of independent media outlets’ offices and increased prosecution and judicial harassment of freelance journalists.
In October 2018, the European Parliament expressed strong concerns in a resolution about the further worsening climate for independent and opposition websites and media outlets and journalists in Belarus.