Poland-Belarus border 2012/photo by Egor Eryomov

Media blackout on Poland’s border with Belarus

The Polish government is facing new criticism over media restrictions – this time over a blackout on media reporting from part of its eastern border with Belarus.

The Polish government has used emergency powers there to deal with a hostile campaign by Belarus to send thousands of unathorised migrants from foreign countries into Poland.

But in the context of recent government moves to tighten control of the media, critics say the measures are preventing independent verification of activity in the area and NGO efforts to provide emergency assistance to migrants.

The Polish state of emergency was first imposed on September 2 and the government has extended it for another 60 days.

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