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Andrei Bastunets: Press freedom has never been easy in Belarus

Andrei Bastunets: Press freedom has never been easy in Belarus

Belarusian authorities were busy in 2015: the government introduced new laws aimed at restricting media outlets and distributors; freelance journalists contributing to foreign media outlets found themselves facing prosecution; and websites publishing material that “may harm the national interests of the Republic of Belarus” were extrajudicially blocked.

Mapping Media Freedom: 2015 was “tumultuous” for media workers

Mapping Media Freedom: 2015 was “tumultuous” for media workers

To highlight the most pressing concerns for press freedom in Europe, Index's Mapping Media Freedom correspondents discuss the violations the stood out most

Belarus’ counter-extremism laws used to restrict free expression

Belarus’ counter-extremism laws used to restrict free expression

Volha Siakhovich outlines how Belarusian authorities are using anti-extremism legislation to silence journalists and human rights workers

Belarus: Media violations recorded during last month’s election

Belarus: Media violations recorded during last month’s election

On 11 October, Belarusian president Aleksandr Lukashenko won his fifth consecutive election. Whether it was a free and fair election is up for debate

Freelance journalists in Belarus face fines for working with foreign media

Freelance journalists in Belarus face fines for working with foreign media

In Belarus, dozens of freelance journalists were fined between 2014 and 2015 for working for foreign media without an accreditation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Map recording threats to journalists in Europe relaunches and expands to Russia, Ukraine and Belarus

Map recording threats to journalists in Europe relaunches and expands to Russia, Ukraine and Belarus

Index on Censorship, the European Federation of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders are delighted to announce the expansion and redesign of Mapping Media Freedom, which records threats to journalists across Europe.

5 Sept: Listen to the Banned (partner event)

5 Sept: Listen to the Banned (partner event)

Join us in Lincoln for Festival 800, a celebration of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta – a unique and powerful statement that began the world's march to freedom and liberty.

13 governments that are definitely not jailing people over free speech

13 governments that are definitely not jailing people over free speech

Just look at these definitely-not-free-speech-related charges journalists and activists and human rights lawyers and pro democracy campaigners face

Leading independent news sites blocked in Belarus

Leading independent news sites blocked in Belarus

Belarusian authorities attempt to hide a financial crisis by silencing critical voices in a new clampdown on media.

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.

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