Expression in Belarus

Freedom of expression in Belarus is meticulously controlled in a bid to prevent criticism of the government. The situation for journalists is dire. Independent media face a variety of judicial regulations and fines designed to curtail independent expression. Journalists face routine harassment, including physical violence. Freedom of expression on the Internet in Belarus is reported as the worst in Europe. New laws give authorities the power to arbitrarily block websites for spurious reasons. These powers have been used to interfere with the websites of several prominent local human rights groups in Belarus.