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Analysis: Downward trend for Belarus media freedom worsens

In just over a month in Belarus, which is well-known for muzzling free speech and harassing independent media, the popular independent website Charter ’97 was blocked, a Belsat TV cameraman was beaten by police and a reporter had his home searched following an article on police brutality. These, however, are but some of the latest […]

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Police violence, web blocking threaten Belarus media

Over the course of just one month in Belarus, the popular independent website Charter ’97 was blocked, a Belsat journalist was beaten up by police and a reporter had his home searched after an article on police brutality. On February 18, Andrus Kozel was livestreaming content from a polling station for Belsat, an independent, Polish-funded […]

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Turkey not alone in shielding leaders from criticism

Last Sunday, Turkish voters narrowly approved constitutional changes that observers fear will lead to authoritarian rule under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. While international election observers have criticised technical aspects of the vote, Erdoğan’s crackdown on the press – including the jailing of at least 150 journalists – and nurturing of a state propaganda machine had […]

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Belarus police raid TV station following protest coverage

The International Press Institute (IPI) today joined international condemnation of Belarusian police’s Friday morning raid on independent broadcaster Belsat TV in Minsk that followed the station’s coverage of nationwide protests against a tax on the unemployed. Authorities reportedly detained one employee, a videographer, and confiscated camera and audio equipment in the raid, which Belsat’s head […]

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