Belarusian Association of Journalists

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The Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) 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. 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.

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