December 1, 2023

01.12.2023 – SEEMO Condemns Escalating Repression Against Belarusian Association of Journalist (BAJ)

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) strongly condemns the developments in Belarus.

After a threat of confiscation of the domain name by the Belarusian authorities, the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) – Беларуская асацыяцыя журналістаў (БАЖ) had to be move from the domain to a new domain: The new contact emails are: and

In February 2023, the Belarusian Committee for State Security (KGB) unjustly classified BAJ as an ‘extremist organization,’ an unfounded allegation considering the organization’s enduring dedication to protect press freedom. Despite the withdrawal of its license on 27 August 2021, BAJ persists in its vital work while operating in exile.

SEEMO expresses deep concern over the ongoing repression faced by BAJ and other independent media outlets in Belarus. This targeted campaign undermines fundamental principles of press freedom and human rights. SEEMO calls on the Belarusian authorities to cease their attacks on independent journalism and human rights defenders, urging a return to respect for democratic values and the freedom of expression.

South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is a regional non-governmental, non-profit network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in Southeast, South, East and Central Europe. SEEMO members are in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova (with the territory of Transdnestria), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Türkiye / Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Austria, Italy, Vatican and San Marino have a special status in SEEMO. SEEMO has over 3000 individual members, and additional media as corporate members.

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