18 March 2006
Belarus tightens media control
The increasing state control of the media in Belarus doesn't receive the same coverage bigger nations like China or potential Middle Eastern enemies' control of media outlets gets - but it is probably as bad as anywhere right now. In the past 12 years the Belarussian president (Alexander Lukashenko - pictured) has all but eliminated the independent media and it is important that this story receives as much coverage on the web as possible to keep the repressed citizens of Belarus informed. The US and EU should be commended for their efforts to provide Belarussians with alternative news and individual bloggers also have an opportunity to increase the pressure on the Belarussian government.