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. ...