Europe's last dictatorship: activists and the media in Belarus

Paul Tibbitts
Audience Research, RFE/RL, Czech Republic

Sarah Glacel
InterMedia Survey Institute, United States

BACKGROUND – ACTIVIST COMMUNITY IN BELARUS

Introducing RFE/RL

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is a private, international communications service to Eastern and South-eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and Southwestern Asia, funded by the U.S. Congress through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. In countries stretching from Belarus to Bosnia and from the Arctic Sea to the Persian Gulf, listeners rely on RFE/RL's daily news, analysis and current affairs programming to provide a coherent, objective account of events in their region and the world.

Concentrating on events within this complex region, RFE/RL provides balanced, reliable information to bolster democratic development and market economies in countries struggling to overcome autocratic institutions, violations of human rights, centralized economies, ethnic and religious hostilities, regional conflicts and controlled media. RFE/RL operates one of the most comprehensive news operations in the region, with 19 bureaus throughout Europe and the former Soviet Union and more than 750 freelancers reporting local news and current affairs in 28 different languages.