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The IAPC calls for more decisive steps to defend journalists in Belarus

July 15th, 2021 - The IAPC is alarmed by yet another wave of repression directed at Belarusian independent media and appeals to those in power in Belarus to stop the purge and the attack on the freedom of speech. Journalism as a profession is being eliminated in Belarus. “Purging the media” is no longer merely a metaphor. The Belarusian KGB, acting on the orders of the Lukashenka regime, has openly stated that “A large-scale operation is being carried out to purge radicals.” Under the guise of this “purge”, security forces attacked at least 12 media organisations all over Belarus on July 8-9th and continued on July 12th and 13th. In this third wave of repression against independent media since August 2020, virtually all non-state journalists working in Belarus are designated… more »

IAPC Freedom of Speech Award 2021 for Yuliya Slutskaya, founder of Press Club Belarus imprisoned by the Lukashenko regime

Yuliya Slutskaya – a recognized journalist, longtime media editor, founder and president of the Press Club Belarus – is the laureate of the 2021 IAPC Freedom of Speech Award. She is awarded in recognition of the defense of the right of journalists to practice and the right of citizens to have access to reliable information in Belarus. Yuliya Slutskaya and three staff members of Press Club Belarus have been in custody for six months as political prisoners. For more than five years, the Belarus Press Club has openly supported the media community in the country, promoting higher standards of journalism and providing a platform for discussion and debate. Hundreds of lectures and master classes have been held under its auspices, with many international experts offering their knowledge and time to… more »

International Day of Solidarity with Belarus

Joint statement of IAPC and 18 other organisations calling for the immediate release of all imprisoned journalists Ahead of the International Day of Solidarity with Belarus on 7 February, the undersigned organisations working in the field of freedom of expression and media freedom call for the immediate and unconditional release of all journalists and media workers who continue to be arbitrarily detained. Nearly six months since President Alexander Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory in what has been widely acknowledged and condemned as a fraudulent election, opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya remains in exile and thousands of protesters continue to take to the streets of Minsk calling for his resignation. The regime has made every effort to prevent its citizens from accessing independent information. News outlets have had their publishing licences revoked.… more »

Leaders of Press Club Belarus have been in custody for 5 months

Yulia Slutskaya and three staff members of Press Club Belarus were detained on December 22. Despite paying a fine, they are still being held and have been remanded in custody in Minsk until at least June 23. Human rights organisations consider them to be political prisoners. Yulia Slutskaya, the founder and president of Press Club Belarus, Sergei Olshevsky, the club’s director, Alla Sharko, program director and cameraman Pyotr Slutsky were detained on December 22, 2020. Searches were conducted at the press club office and at the homes of Slutskaya, Olshevsky, Sharko and Programme Director of the Press Club Academy, Sergei Yakupov. Security officers seized computers, phones and bank cards. On December 31, Slutskaya, Olshevsky, Sharko and Slutsky were charged for tax evasion. Yakupov was deported to Russia on December 31… more »

Sign a petition to free journalists in Belarus!

Since the fraudulent presidential elections in August and the start of mass protests, 385 journalists have been detained in Belarus just for doing their jobs, and some of them are still imprisoned. On December 22nd Belarus authorities attacked Press Club in Minsk. The detention of Yulia Slutskaya, the founder and president of Press Club Belarus, its Director Sergei Olshevsky, Program Director Alla Sharko, Media Academy Program Director Sergei Yakupov, and cameraman Pyotr Slutsky, are new examples of the war that was launched by the regime of Alexander Lukashenko on freedom of speech and independent journalism in Belarus. We undersigned demand the immediate release of those detained and an end to repression of journalists in Belarus! https://widget.civist.cloud/?api_url=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.civist.cloud%2Ft%2Fddbbc94f-9425-4fee-9430-fb340e67ee4a%2F#/RW1iZWRkaW5nOmU5NDcyNmY5LWQ0NzktNGQ1NC1iMmZlLTVjMWVjNTc5YWY1MQ== more »

Free members of Press Club Belarus!

The detention of Yulia Slutskaya, the founder and president of Press Club Belarus, its Director Sergei Olshevsky, Program Director Alla Sharko, Media Academy Program Director Sergei Yakupov, and cameraman Pyotr Slutsky, are new examples of the war that was launched by the regime of Alexander Lukashenko on freedom of speech and independent journalism in Belarus. In addition, Press Club Belarus’ headquarter and homes of some of the club’s managers were searched. Club members of the International Association of Press Clubs (IAPC) and European Press Clubs Federation (EPCF) demand the immediate release of those detained and an end to repression of journalists in Belarus. Since the fraudulent presidential elections in August and the start of mass protests, 385 journalists have been detained in Belarus just for doing their jobs, and some… more »

ALERT! Yulia Slutskaya, President of Press Club Belarus detained in Minsk

Today (Tuesday, December 22) in the morning, Yulia Slutskaya, the founder and president of Press Club Belarus, was detained at the airport in Minsk. She was returning with her family from a foreign holiday. Currently, her home is searched and the detainee has been taken to the Financial Investigations Department. At the same time, the secret services entered the homes of Alla Sharko – program director of Press Club Belarus, Sergey Olshevski - director of the PCB office and Sergey Yakupov – director of the PCB Academy. Searches are also underway in the apartments of these people. Attorney Sergey Zikracki, who came to Alla Sharko’s house to witness the search, was not allowed in. The searchers did not want to identify themselves. Secret services employees also conduct a search in… more »

The photo icon of 30 years of changes in Poland

"We have the Icon of 30 Years! We have found a photograph that symbolises our Polish rebellious nature, our resistance and refusal to accept wrongs, and our struggle to change the world for the better. It is a symbol of the three decades of change in our country." – anounced Press Club Polska, a co-organiser of 'The Icon of 30 Years' competition Adam Lach’s photograph tells a story of freedom, solidarity and independence. It shows the strength and uncompromising nature of Poles. It is also an expression of the growing participation of women in public life in Poland. The superbly-composed shot brings to mind the famous painting “Freedom leading the people to the barricades” by the French painter, Eugène Delacroix. In Adam Lach’s photograph, the young woman holding a flag… more »

International photography competition: “Icon of 30 Years – Freedom and Solidarity”

This year, Poland is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the turning point year of ’89. Organisers together with photographers are looking for a picture that will serve as a symbol of these three decades of change. Invitation to this quest is aimed at photographers in Poland and worldwide, photographic agencies, as well as heirs of photographers who are no longer with us. The iconic photograph may relate to a single event, a social process, a person or a group of people, a space, or to architecture or culture. We are seeking something that symbolically encapsulates these changes. Organisers appreciate that it may well require much labour: searching through archives and perhaps even discovering yet unpublished photographs. But at the end of this quest, an international jury will be able to… more »

GHS partners with the International Association of Press Clubs

GHS Global Hospitality (GHS) and the International Association of Press Clubs (IAPC) have entered a unique partnership to offer journalists and member Press Clubs hotel accommodation worldwide and access to local and international hotels for press club meeting and event requirements. GHS have many partner hotels in Press Club destinations including London, Berlin, Prague and New York. GHS are experts in providing bespoke accommodation for the corporate, leisure and MICE market. They pride themselves on acquiring strategic, mutually-beneficial partnerships, introducing their portfolio of independent hotels to member organisations which can profit from access to over 180 hotels worldwide, preferred rates and expert negotiation. Jaroslaw Wlodarczyk, the IAPC Secretary-General said that “Reporters and Press Clubs from all over the world will benefit from a discounted rates when traveling or organising meetings.… more »