European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)

Articles by European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)

Crimea, 16 March 2021. A law enforcement officer with a service dog searches the car of Vladislav Yesypenko, allegedly detained on suspicion of spying for Ukraine. Still image taken from video provided by a third party. Russian Federal Security Service/TASS via Getty Images

Crimea: Press groups call for immediate release of tortured journalist Vladislav Yesypenko

Yesypenko is detained and accused of “illegal production, repair, or modification of firearms” and “espionage” for Ukrainian intelligence. His lawyer said the journalist had been tortured with electric shocks and beatings in order to obtain a confession.

Women in black and with tape over their mouths hold white roses during a demonstration against the conviction of a doctor and journalist Katyarina Barisevich over the disclosure of a protester's medical records, Minsk, Belarus, 2 March 2021, STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images

Rights groups call on UN HRC to create accountability mechanism for Belarus

“The international community cannot remain passive in the face of the refusal of dialogue and the intensification of repression by Mr Lukashenko’s regime. New diplomatic weapons are needed to stop the continuing violations of human rights and press freedom” – EFJ

Belsat TV journalists Catarina Andreeva (R) and Darja Chulcova (L), who were detained in November while reporting on anti-government protests, embrace each other in a defendants' cage before the start of their trial, Minsk, Belarus, 9 February 2021, STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images

Belarus: Two journalists handed two-year prison sentences simply for doing their jobs

Catarina Andreeva and Darja Chulcova, two journalists for Belsat, were each sentenced on 18 February to two years in prison for reporting live from an anti-government rally in Minsk in November.

People hold posters reading 'Where do Belarusian journalists end up when they go to work?', 'They did their job and ended up in Okrestina' [detenion centre], and 'Free Minsk From Violence' during a rally in support of detained journalists, Minsk, Belarus, 3 September 2020, Natalia FedosenkoTASS via Getty Images

Belarus: 17 organisations call for all imprisoned journalists to be immediately released

At least 11 journalists and media workers remain in detention, among them Katsiaryna Barysevich, Daria Chultsova, Yulia Slutskaya, Alla Sharko, Siarhei Alsheuski, Sergey Olshevski, Petr Slutski, Ksenia Lutskina, Andrei Aliaksandrau, Katsiaryna Andreeva and Aliaksandr Mikrukou.

The editor-in-chief of the Mediazona portal, Sergey Smirnov (C), is detained by the police during a solo protest in support of another arrested journalist, outside the Ministry of Interior Affairs, Moscow, Russia, 28 May 2020, Vladimir GerdoTASS via Getty Images

Russia: 25 days in jail for a retweet

“Mediazona” editor-in-chief Sergey Smirnov was accused of violating the rules for holding public events based on a tweet containing the date and time of a rally in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Law enforcement officers detain a journalist during a Women's Solidarity opposition event, in Minsk, Belarus, 19 September 2020, Natalia FedosenkoTASS via Getty Images

Belarusian authorities should immediately release Andrei Alexandrov and other jailed journalists

Journalist Andrei Alexandrov was detained on charges of violating public order. He was Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian Association of Journalists and has worked for Index on Censorship and ARTICLE 19.

A protester stands in front of a line of riot police and a water cannon, Minsk, Belarus, 27 September 2020, Jana Nizovtseva/Flickr, CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication

EFJ urges International Ice Hockey Federation to press Lukashenka on media freedom ahead of World Championship

“We urge the IIHF to request the government of Belarus to take concrete steps to ensure greater respect for press freedoms, including the release of the unjustly imprisoned journalists. We ask you to reach out to Lukashenka and strongly urge him to take immediate action to ensure that human rights principles are respected.”

Azerbaijani journalist Arzu Geybulla targeted in online harassment campaign

Geybulla has been unjustly accused of betraying her country for taking a measured and journalistic stance in the face of the recent armed conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.