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Explained: Belarus crackdown on journalists amid massive anti-government protests

As thousands of anti-government protesters attacked the streets of Belarus for the third week in a row, demanding the resignation of their long-time authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian authorities launched a crisis of severe repression of journalists. (Photo: AP) In July, President Lukashenko threatened to expel foreign journalists on charges of inciting dissent and a national demonstration just before the August 9 vote. . Even in 2010, when Lukashenko returned to power in the disputed elections, protesters broke out across the country and the government arrested thousands of people, including journalists.

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