SOLIDAR Silver Rose Award given to A. Starikevich, editor-in-chief of Belaruski Chas newspaper 16 October 2002

News | 16 October 2002

On October 16 2002 Aleksandr Starickevich, editor-in-chief and the staff of the newspaper “Belarusky Chas” received the SOLIDAR Silver Rose award.

SOLIDAR is an independent international alliance of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that are involved in social service provision, international co-operation, humanitarian aid and life-long learning, and are historically linked to the free and democratic labour and trade union movement. SOLIDAR ( was formally set up in Germany in 1951 with the name International Workers Aid. In 1995 it was renamed SOLIDAR and moved to Brussels.

The SOLIDAR Silver Rose is an annual award for outstanding achievement by an individual or organization in the activities of civil society and in bringing about a fairer and more just society.

Belaruski Chas is the newspaper of the Federation of Belarusian Trade Unions (FBTU), and, until weeks ago, was the biggest opposition newspaper in Belarus. The editor-in-chief, Alexandr Starikevich and his staff have risked their lives since its foundation on 1989 to defend trade union rights and media freedom.

As SOLIDAR was about to announce the awarding of this year’s Silver Rose prize to Mr Starikevich and his team, the editor-in-chief had been dismissed from the paper. After this event, most of the collaborators left the newspaper not accepting the change of the leadership.

Manuel Simon, Director of the Bureau for Workers’ Activities of the ILO has sent his congratulations to Mr. Starikevich on behalf of the ILO on this high international recognition of the work of the independent trade union newspaper.