Rights groups call on new Secretary General of the CoE to make press freedom a priority

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Supporters of Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya attend a protest against Lukashenka's regime, in Prague, Czech Republic, 7 June 2021, Gabriel Kuchta/Getty Images

Joint call to make respect for press freedom a cornerstone of all demands towards Belarus

The hijacking of a plane and kidnapping of editor and blogger Raman Pratasevich is viewed by the free expression, press freedom and journalists’ community as the outrageous climax of a broader campaign against media freedom in Belarus that drastically intensified after the August 2020 election.

Office of ENRC Management Kz, Bula.erg, 12 March 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Rights groups condemn lawsuits brought by ENRC against public watchdogs

“ENRC’s campaign of legal action across two jurisdictions targeting more than a dozen people and other entities seems a deliberate attempt to shift the focus away from ENRC’s alleged corruption to those conducting legitimate investigations, whether journalists or public authorities.”

A journalist raises his arm to protect himself from a police officer as a man is seen bleeding in the background after being beaten by riot police, during a rally protesting COVID measures, The Hague, Netherlands, 14 March 2021, Pierre Crom/Getty Images

Netherlands: 8 out of 10 journalists have experienced violence or threats

“As we have documented in recent months, the survey clearly shows a deterioration in the safety of journalists in the Netherlands. It is worrying to say the least, because it is happening in a country where the attacks are generally taken seriously by the authorities” – EFJ