EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Belarus President Attacks Media Amid Economic Chaos While Journalists Are In Jail

Posted by Info on 21/06/2011

Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus, blames much of his country’s problems on the media. “The panic that has arisen in our country is, in large proportion, the work of journalists.” He also spoke of “outsiders” of sending misinformation through that “trash called the internet.”

His outbursts came amid a deep economic crisis. The Belarusian currency has been devalued, inflation is rampant and he is desperately seeking a bailout from both Russia and the International Monetary Fund.

Meanwhile, journalists are held in jail and there has been a widespread denial of human rights.

The Minsk office of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was closed after criticism of the disputed December 2010 election that gave Lukashenko a fourth term.

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