The EFJ affiliate, the Belarus Association of Journalists (BAJ) elected a new chairman at its IX Congress on 24 April. The out-going chair woman, Zhanna Litvina, had been serving the BAJ for almost 20 years announced the candidate for the chairmanship Andrei Bastunets. Litvina, had headed the organisation since it was founded in 1995. Litvina called Bastunets “conscience of the organisation, a person you can always rely on”.
Bastunets, 48, a former deputy head, was elected chairman of BAJ, an organisation with 1,300 members.
Andrus Klikunou , who is a mmeber of the EFJ Freelance expert Group, was elected for the third time to the BAJ Council among the 39 Council members.
Deputy chairpersons were elected: Alina Suravets, Sviatlana Kalinkina, Aliaksandr Starykevich, Mikhail Yanchuk.
The Board of BAJ was elected: in addition to the chair and deputy chairs, the Board includes elected Zhanna Litvina, Zoya Khrutskaya (Maladzechna), Yuras Karmanau, Aleh Aheyeu, Iryna Vidanava, Andrei Aliaksandrau, Aliona Sharamet, Tatsiana Melnichuk, Volha Khvoin, Aliaksandr Koktysh.
The EFJ congradulates the election of the new leadership at BAJ. Before the Congress, the EFJ sent a message of solidarity to BAJ to support their struggle to defend the rights of freelance journalists.
For more information, visit the BAJ website.