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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Media Rules

MINSK, Belarus -- Belarus' authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko, has agreed to give his political foes access to the official news media, including 90 seconds of television news airtime per day, according to a document released Friday.

The protocol was the result of efforts by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to persuade Lukashenko to allow more freedom to the opposition and the media.

Along with the airtime on television news, the protocol permits the opposition to appear on a television talk show twice a week.

The opposition will also get 10 minutes a day on two main radio stations, and may publish stories twice a week in five official newspapers, according to the protocol signed by a Lukashenko aide and an OSCE delegation.