This is the recording of our webinar with Hanna Liubakova, a reporter from Outriders, and Katsiaryna Shmatsina, a Belarusian political analyst, about the evolving situation and the unique challenges experienced by media covering the continent’s last dictatorship.

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Context: Belarus grabbed global headlines through its denialist approach to the COVID-19, refusing to lockdown or implement safety measures.

It is now back in the news as streets protests and upcoming elections are challenging the rule of strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

Challenges to the five-term president are not new, but the current unrest stands out. Social media has helped mobilize people and severe crackdowns on media have not stopped the information from flowing.

The event is organized by The Fix Media and Anne-Marie and Gustaf Ander Centre for Media Studies Stockholm School of Economics in Riga.