Belarusian Association of Journalists

The Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) (Belarusian: Беларуская асацыяцыя журналістаў Biełaruskaja Asacyjacyja Žurnalistaǔ) is a Belarusian non-governmental organisation aimed at ensuring freedom of speech and rights of receiving and distributing information and promoting professional standards of journalism".[1]

It was founded in 1995.[2] BAJ is an affiliate of the International Federation of Journalists, of the European Federation of Journalists and a partner of Reporters Without Borders.

In 2002, BAJ was honoured with the World Association of Newspapers' Golden Pen of Freedom Award.[citation needed] In 2004, it received the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize.[citation needed] The Atlantic Council Freedom Award was presented to BAJ by the Atlantic Council in June 2011.

BAJ has been constantly monitoring violations of freedom of expression and freedom of the media since 1998.

BAJ has been publishing a professional magazine “Abajour” since 2000.

On November 16, 2020, Belarusian Association of Journalists became the recipient of the first Canada-United Kingdom Media Freedom Award. The announcement was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada François-Philippe Champagne and Dominic Raab, the United Kingdom’s First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs.[3]


  1. ^ . Jun 6, 2003 Archived from the original on 2003-06-06. Retrieved Aug 14, 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Belarusian Association of Journalists |". Retrieved Aug 14, 2020.
  3. ^ "United Kingdom and Canada announce recipient of first Media Freedom Award". Retrieved 16 November 2020.

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