The state of freedom of expression and the space for independent media to manoeuvre is seriously restricted in Belarus. Essential challenges of non-state media in Belarus include an opaque and arbitrarily implemented legal framework.

In 2014, thawing relations with the EU and no longer the only contender for Europe’s last dictatorship with Azerbaijan ramping up its authoritarian profile, helped polish the image of Belarus while media reform and improvements to its human rights record remained elusive.

Amendments to Belarus’ “Law on Mass Media” in December 2014 tightened government control of the internet, prohibited foreign ownership of more than twenty percent of media outlets and banned dissemination of foreign television programmes without pre-approval.


IMS condemns killing of journalist Pavel Sheremet

IMS condemns killing of journalist Pavel Sheremet

On the morning of 20 July, Pavel Sheremet, a journalist with Radio Vesti and Ukrayinska Pravda news site, was killed in a car bomb in Kyiv.