CPJ to brief media on press freedom in Belarus

New York, June 7, 2021–The crackdown on press freedom in Belarus has dominated headlines in recent weeks following the shocking detention of Belarusian journalist Raman Pratasevich. But stepped-up repression and censorship of local media intended to eliminate critical and independent reporting—including arrests, legal restrictions, and internet disruptions—has been ongoing for nearly a year. 

Ahead of the Biden-Putin summit this month, and as world leaders weigh their response to Belarus, this on-the-record media briefing will provide expert analysis of the press freedom situation in Belarus, along with recommendations on ways to protect individual journalists and halt the government’s attacks on the press.

WHAT: Committee to Protect Journalists press briefing on Belarus with Gulnoza Said, CPJ Europe and Central Asia program coordinator, and Volha Siakhovich, a legal expert with the Belarusian Association of Journalists

WHEN: Wednesday, June 9, 10:00 a.m. EDT / 16:00 p.m. CET

WHERE: RSVP for Zoom link

Journalists interested in attending the briefing can register here and call-in details will be provided upon registration. Those interested in submitting questions ahead of time should contact [email protected]. Explore CPJ’s reporting on press freedom in Belarus here.

Media contact:

Bebe Santa-Wood

Communications Associate

[email protected]