Forty six states, including all EU Members, have nominated the Belarusian Association of Journalists as a candidate for the UNESCO 2022 Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
Each year since 1997, the Prize has been awarded to a person, organisation or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially when achieved in the face of danger.
The Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) office in Minsk was closed by a decision of Belarus’s Supreme Court in 2021. By nominating BAJ, the states would like “to express solidarity with and appreciation for the work of journalists who were unjustly arrested, prosecuted, intimidated and imprisoned in Belarus, as well as with professional organisations which stand behind them,” says the press release by the EU Delegation to Belarus.
The Prize winner will be announced on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, on 3 May 2022.
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