Norway's policies on media ownership and transparency, and media pluralism make it "faultless" for press freedom

By: Alexandra Arkin.

The Norwegian constitution and Norwegian law prioritize media pluralism and media ownership transparency by targeting concentration of media ownership and supporting public media.  In contrast, the U.S. seems to be reversing policies that limit the concentration of media ownership, and the Trump administration wants to cut federal funding for public broadcasting by almost 94%.

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Lukashenko’s Monopoly: Media Freedoms In The “Last Dictatorship In Europe” In The Internet Age

Lukashenko’s Monopoly: Media Freedoms In The “Last Dictatorship In Europe” In The Internet Age

By: Michael T. Moran.

Since 1994, the Belarusian government—headed by President Alexander Lukashenko—has systematically repressed viable political opposition. Lukashenko has consolidated political power by curbing media freedoms and the dissemination of information deemed detrimental to the regime. However, the inception of the Internet has provided alternative channels of information collection, which in turn has emboldened Belarusian citizens to question and confront the status quo. In early 2017, however, planned peaceful protests throughout Belarusian urban centers opposing the Lukashenko regime were met with violent backlash from police forces.

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