For Free and Fair Media in Belarus

"For Free and Fair Media in Belarus" is a report calling for far reaching reforms of the media in Belarus. The report provides an overview of the current media situation and is the result of a joint fact-finding mission to Belarus in September 2009 where delegates representing international media support and freedom of expression organisations met with media and the Belarus authorities to discuss press freedom and the media situation.

This report calls for a set of reforms dealing in particular with economic conditions for non-state media, access to information, accreditation of media and journalists as well as broadcasting licensing

The mission group prepared the report to ensure that media freedom and journalists' rights remain top of the agenda at the ongoing EU-Belarus Human Rights Dialogue. The EU will soon decide on whether to permanently end sanctions which were initially imposed on Belarus due to its poor human rights track-record.

The report includes recommendations for media reform and expresses the readiness to co-operate with the authorities and media professionals on the execution of that reform.  

The organisations that contributed to the report include:

Article 19, Civil Rights Defenders, Danish Union of Journalists, Index on Censorship, International/European Federation of Journalists, International Publishers' Association, International Pen, International Press Institute, Open Society Institute, PressNow, Reporters Sans Frontieres, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, and International Media Support (IMS).

Click HERE for a full copy of the report.