A campaign called ‘Journalists at the border’
Thirty Polish media have recently launched a ‘Journalists at the border’ campaign in response to a state of emergency which restricts journalists from accessing the length of the Polish-Belarusian border. The state of emergency, introduced by the government, on the entire length of the Polish-Belarusian border, rules out the activity of the media. The regulations allow free movement of persons and entities providing various services and conducting economic activity there – with the exception of journalists and social organizations. This is a clear signal that our presence is inconvenient for the government.
According to the European Convention on Human Rights signed by Poland, “everyone has the right to (…) to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority”, and the role of journalists in a democratic state is to inform the public about matters of significant social interest. The authorities argue that the situation on the border poses threats to Poland.