Also refer to
ProMedia (info at this Web site) for information about a program in Belarus set up to develop professional, independent print and broadcast media in Belarus.
Also refer to
Independent Press: Freedom and Responsibility, published by the Belarusian PEN Center, for a very interesting collection of articles about journalism in Belarus today; published in 1996; dual language, Belarusian (or Russian, depending on the author's preference) and English.
3 May 1996, Vol 1, No. 93, by Ustina Markus. One of several OMRI Analytical Briefs dedicated to the topic of Belarus.
OMRI, of course,
being one of the best on-going resources in English (and Russian) about Belarus.
3 May 1996, Vol 1, No. 95, by Laurie Belin (with contributions from Liz Fuller, Dan Ionescu, Roger Kangas, Ustina Markus, and Bruce Pannier). One of several OMRI Analytical Briefs that includes the topic of Belarus. Also see OMRI.
"In Belarus, President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has created one of the most repressive environments for journalists in Europe. In October 1995 three independent newspapers were banned, two of them are currently printed in Lithuania and smuggled over the border. More recently, the government banned live TV and radio coverage of a 26 April demonstration against an agreement signed earlier that month forming a new community between Russia and Belarus."
Interesting links, especially to censorship around the world. Use search tool for entries related to Belarus. The periodical Index on Censorship, January, 1996, issue includes two articles on Belarus: "Chernobyl: Once and Future Shock," and "Belarus: Nation in Search of a History."
"Index on Censorship was founded in 1972 by Stephen Spender with the goal to protect the basic human right of free expression. For the past 25 years, Index has reported on censorship issues from all over the world and has added to the debates on those issues. In addition to the analysis, reportage and interviews, each Index contains a country by country list of free speech violations. These lists remain as extensive today as they were in the early days of Index."
What appears to be the least objective and thus the least interesting of this series of articles, the author does not seem to care about the connotation of the words he chooses to use (footnotes or no footnotes). The most disappointing of the Index on Censorship articles.