A dangerous time for independent journalism
In Belarus, critical journalists and bloggers are threatened and arrested, leading news sites are blocked, access to information is restricted and media diversity is unknown. The state exercises total control over all TV channels. A few independent media outlets exist but many are forced to base themselves abroad and the authorities continue to harass them, especially the Poland-based Belsat TV, albeit less than in the past. The number of fines to which they or their reporters were subjected to fell in 2019. Publications that were previously spared, such as Tut.by and the BelaPAN news agency, are now being targeted by the authorities. Those lucky enough to be tolerated struggle to survive because they are denied both state subsidies and advertising.
153 in 2019
51.66 in 2019