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Belarus: Stop harassment of human rights defenders

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to Ireland with concurrent accreditation Mr. Sergei Aleinik 6 Kensington Court, London W8 5DL 3 November 2014 APPEAL Dear Mr. Aleinik, Index

Padraig Reidy: Belarus’ dictator cannot bear the egalitarianism of the ice bucket challenge

Padraig Reidy: Belarus’ dictator cannot bear the egalitarianism of the ice bucket challenge

Funny doesn’t work for dictatorships because funny usually involves humanity and vulnerability. This is the appeal of the viral video challenge.

Belarus: Bialiatski is out of prison – but not entirely ‘free’

Belarus: Bialiatski is out of prison – but not entirely ‘free’

Ales Bialiatski, a well-known Belarusian human rights defender, was released from prison on Saturday after staying for almost three years behind bars on politically motivated charges, Andrei Aliaksandrau reports from Minsk.

From Eurovision to ice hockey — how do we engage with dubious regimes?

From Eurovision to ice hockey — how do we engage with dubious regimes?

Autocrats try to use international competitions to control the world’s view of them. We should beat them at their own games, writes Padraig Reidy

Hockey championship in Belarus: Lukashenko puts activists on ice

Hockey championship in Belarus: Lukashenko puts activists on ice

The authorities in Belarus are trying to ensure that no one spoils the upcoming World ice hockey championship the country hosts -- not even human rights activists. Andrei Aliaksandrau reports

Belarus must immediately reform its approach to media

Belarus must immediately reform its approach to media

Analysis shows there have been no visible improvements of Belrusian media freedom during in recent years. The authorities must now act.

Belarus: Violence and intimidation of journalists unchecked

Belarus: Violence and intimidation of journalists unchecked

One of the greatest chills on the freedom of expression in Belarus is the disappearance, murder, suspicious suicide and impunity against media workers that has demonstrated the very real physical risks that those who practice independent journalism in Belarus face.

Belarus: Time for media reform (19 Feb, Brussels)

Belarus: Time for media reform (19 Feb, Brussels)

Join Index at a presentation of a new policy paper on media freedom in Belarus on 19 February, 2014, 15.00 at the Office for Democratic Belarus, Rue de la Loi 42, Brussels. The new policy paper Belarus: Time for media reform created by Index on Censorship in cooperation with the

Belarus: Laws and regulations stifle independent media

Belarus: Laws and regulations stifle independent media

Despite the constitutional guarantees and international obligations, Belarusian laws, by-laws and practices of their implementation seriously restrict the media freedom.

Belarus: A distorted media market strangles independent voices

Belarus: A distorted media market strangles independent voices

The authorities in Belarus tilt the media market toward state-owned players to help cement the government's hold on power and deny the rise of a truly independent press.

Belarus: Europe’s most hostile media environment

Belarus: Europe’s most hostile media environment

Belarus continues to have one of the most restrictive and hostile media environments in Europe.

Belarus: Time for media reform

Belarus: Time for media reform

In a new policy paper, launched today in Minsk, Index on Censorship calls for the much-needed reforms of the media field in Belarus.

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