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Appendix B: Journalism Freedom: 1980–2008 (Country Ratings from Freedom House) - Belarus

Population (2010, proj.): 9,588,000

Gross National Income per Capita (current, 2007): $4,220

Date of Independence: August 25, 1991 (from the Soviet Union)

Date of Last Constitution: March 15, 1994 (revised October 17, 2004)

This one-time Soviet republic retains a tradition of tight press control. Indeed, criticism of top leaders is considered a criminal offense. ...

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