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Media Crackdown Helps Set Election Stage

Belarus – elections stand. Minsk 27Aug2012
Belarus – elections stand. Minsk 27Aug2012
The Belarusian authorities are keeping up the pressure on independent and pro-opposition journalists and news outlets in the run-up to the parliamentary elections scheduled for 23 September, Reporters Without Borders (RWB) reports.

"As usual, the regime is ’preparing’ the elections with an all-out crackdown," RWB said. "The judicial harassment of journalists and Internet users critical of the government has just one aim – to keep them under pressure and make them feel permanently threatened.

"The call for an election boycott by some opposition figures has joined the long list of subjects that are off limits. Those who mention the boycott, such as opposition groups on social networks, are immediately sanctioned. It is illusory to talk of free elections in such a media environment."

RWB's report is here.