General / 13.08.2020

UJF concerned at situation in Belarus: Finland must condemn the violence targeting the media

The UJF has expressed concern at the worsening situation in Belarus and the treatment of journalists trying to carry out their work.  The police have violently put down protests that erupted following the presidential elections. Violence has also been used in some places specifically to stop the free flow of information. At least 25 journalists have been arrested. Violence has been used against many others. The UJF has called on Finnish foreign minister Pekka Haavisto to condemn the violence levelled at journalists to block the free flow of information.  A joint statement by Nordic and Baltic foreign ministers on the situation in Belarus voices “concern about the violence against post-election demonstrations” but does not mention attacks on the media. Journalists and free media already have extremely difficult conditions to work in Belarus. The local independent organization of journalists, the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), operating in a risky climate, has for twenty years continuously supported their members and reported on numerous assaults. They have never experienced anything like this before.  

See also

All news

Historic AV translation collective agreement: includes minimum rates for self-employed

The parties to the audio-visual (AV) translator agencies’ collective agreement have given their approval to the settlement negotiated on 19 April. This collective agreement is historic: for the first time in Finland, solo self-employed people’s rates have been agreed in a collective agreement.

Union of Journalists in Finland donates further 5000 euros to journalists and media in Ukraine

The UJF is making an additional donation of 5000 euros to journalists and media in Ukraine. The union’s board has decided to make the donation on the first anniversary of the war, which was launched by Russia on 24 February last year. The funding will be channelled through the Ukraine Safety Fund. In March 2022, […]

UJF withdraws from the International Federation of Journalists

The Union of Journalists in Finland has today announced its withdrawal from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). The Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic journalists’ unions also announced their withdrawal from the federation at the same time.