Global Freedom of Expression

The smartphone versus the baton

Key Details

  • Region
    Europe and Central Asia
  • Themes
    Digital Rights, Press Freedom, Freedom of Association and Assembly / Protests, Political Expression


Reflecting on events from the first half of 2021, IFEX’s Europe and Central Asia Editor explains how the Lukashenka regime’s crackdown on Belarus’s independent media and civil society is being challenged at every turn – and often thwarted – by small groups of journalists and activists in the diaspora.

Read the full report in English, Arabic, French, or Spanish.


Cathal Sheerin

is the Regional Editor for Europe and Central Asia at IFEX.