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 September 2023, there were:

  • 921 printed mass media (371 newspapers, 561 magazines, 14 bulletins and 1 catalog), including 400 state-run media outlets and 521 private media outlets;
  • 7 news agencies: 2 state-run agencies and 5 private agencies;
  • 52 online media outlets (45 state-run and 7 private ones);
  • 182 television and radio stations, including 104 state-run (63 radio programs and 41 television programs) and 78 private (26 radio programs and 52 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.