The Ministry of Justice requires that the Belarusian Association of Journalists, explained that the legal basis for the activities on the territory of the Republic of Belarus The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and on what basis BAJ provides evidence of the organization.
This is stated in an official letter dated April 1, which was signed by the head of the BAJ management for non-profit organizations of the Ministry.
Treatment due to the recent arrest of a member of the association in Gomel Oleg Rozhkov, which law enforcement agencies took "to check on the authenticity of the" Belarusian Association of Journalists and the International Federation of Journalists certificate.
March 30 certificate journalist returned.
The question of identity IFJ was raised during a hearing in the Supreme Court on the prevention of NAL in March 2010. Then the Court of Justice confirmed the ban on the use of identity BAJ with the word "Press" and acknowledged the illegal activities of the Center for Legal Assistance to Media in the BAL. At the trial, the representative of the Ministry of Justice said it was a press card is not registered in Belarus organization.
"The next wave of journalistic identity checks — a continuation of a long-standing policy of the Belarusian authorities to not to give the independent media to do their job and restrict the rights of citizens to freely disseminate and receive information," — said the press service of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Deputy Head of the association Andrei Alexandrov.
On Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Andrei Bastunets, The Venice Commission has prepared a formal opinion on the prevention Bazhan from the Ministry of Justice.
"The Commission considered that the persistent concern of Justice friendly license violates several articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms."
Since 1997, the Belarusian Association of Journalists — an associate member of the International Federation of Journalists, the world's largest organization of journalists, which has about 600,000 members of the more than 100 countries of the world.
According to the statute IFJ, the local unions (in Belarus it BAJ) have the right to grant the members of their organizations press cards of international standard.