Media

Overview

OverviewIndependent media in Belarus is struggling to survive. Higher costs of printing and paper, a ban on commercial advertisements, and a lack of access to the distribution...read more ...

Print media

Print mediaOn April 1, 2012 there were 1,411 print media outlets registered, of which 404 are state-run and 1,007 private. Every print edition is required to obtain a license from...read more ...

Television and radio

Television and radioAs of 1 January 2012, there were 162 radio broadcast stations and 81 television broadcast stations in Belarus. 23 radio stations and 50 TV broadcast stations were...read more ...

Online media

Online mediaControl over the Internet is centralized with the government-owned Beltelecom managing the country’s Internet gateway. Recent studies by Gemius have shown that...read more ...

Distribution

Distribution The main distributor of print press is the Republican Unitary Enterprise “Belsoyuzpechat”. The postal and telegraph agency was founded in 1918, becoming part...read more ...

Forced subscription

Forced subscription There is a tacit obligation imposed on state-owned enterprises, educational and culture establishments to subscribe to the main national state newspapers in order to...read more ...

Threats to independent media

Threats to independent media Some of the most vague and vulnerable articles are those of the Criminal code defaming or discrediting the Republic of Belarus, the president. According to the legal...read more ...

Repressions against journalists

Repressions against journalistsAfter the presidential elections in December, 2010 Belarusian authorities started a wave of repressions against oppositional activists, human rights defenders and...read more ...