Mass Media in Belarus

National mass media, including printed media, television and radio, online media, are increasing their influence in Belarus

The Law of the Republic of Belarus “On mass media” is a fundamental legal act regulating relations in the media industry.

As of 1 July 2024, there were:

  • 915 printed mass media (366 newspapers, 534 magazines, 14 bulletins and 1 catalog), including 399 state-run media outlets and 516 private media outlets;
  • 7 news agencies: 2 state-run agencies and 5 private agencies;
  • 58 online media outlets (50 state-run and 8 private ones);
  • 177 television and radio stations, including 98 state-run (57 radio programs and 41 television programs) and 79 private (29 radio programs and 50 television programs).

In spite of the growing competition on the information market Belarusian mass media remain the main source of information for Belarusians.

The largest national mass media outlets are Belarusian TV and Radio Company, the Second National TV Channel, ZAO Stolichnoye Televideniye, the publishing house Belarus Segodnya, the publishing house Zvyazda, the Belarusian Telegraph Agency.

Given the ever changing global information landscape and rapid development of technologies, formats and methods to  produce and distribute information, the Belarusian media industry is moving towards digital transformation.