After a brief respite, another crackdown is under way in Belarus. More than 100 journalists were arrested in 2017, usually while covering opposition protests. Some were beaten, others were jailed. The harassment of freelance journalists working for independent media outlets based abroad, who cannot get accreditation, has reached unprecedented levels. Fearing destabilization linked to the Ukrainian crisis, the authorities have jailed both pro-Russian and anti-Russian bloggers. Nine independent newspapers are again being distributed by the print media distribution monopoly, after being banned for 11 years, but the blocking of the country’s leading news website indicates that Internet censorship has reached a new level.
153 in 2017
52.43 in 2017