Journalists in Belarus have experienced a wave of harassment, intimidation and criminal prosecutions in recent months. In an interview, Andrei Bastunets of the Belarusian Association of Journalists discusses the grim situation in a country routinely cited by watchdogs as one of the worst violators of press freedoms.
Press Freedom and Safety
Last week, the Pakistani daily Dawn reported that its distributors and vendors were being harassed and intimidated to prevent them from delivering the paper to subscribers. In an email interview, Michael Kugelman discusses the Pakistani press’ historical role, the challenges it faces and its main allies and supporters.
On May 31, 12 reporters from Slovakia’s RTVS resigned to protest the politicization of the public broadcaster’s news coverage. That followed the March murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak. In an email interview, Andrej Školkay discusses the charges of politicization and the state of press safety in Slovakia.