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Belarus in Focus
Online guide for journalists writing about Belarus. Find out who's who in business, society or politics, get practical tips and contacts, and read about other journalists' experiences. Got some more questions? Get in touch with us.
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This year, ’Belarus in Focus’ received around 60 articles from 36 authors from 16 countries.  After careful consideration, the jury has awarded: 

First prize: Michal Potocki:Split Personality Intersection’

Second prize: Laurent Vinatier: ’A Dicatorship’s Success Stories’

Third prize: Andrei Dynko: Europe’s Last Dictatorship’

The following authors received honourable mentions (in alphabetical order): 

Natalia Antelava: ’Europe’s last dictator’ Belarus’ Lukashenko opens up’
Katarzyna Kwiatkowska: ’Operation Successor’
Jan Henry Wanink: ’Belarus by bike’

In our online competition, the following author’s article received the most ’’likes’’:

Sara Biccherini: ’That’s why we fled Belarus, the last dictatorship in Europe’

An award ceremony was held in Warsaw on March 15th 2013 at Press Club Polska. 

Vote for your favourite articles!

As the judges read the articles, you can also vote for your favourite ones! Simply open the article and click on the ‘like’ button.  See articles here

So as not to influence the jury, the number of ‘likes’ per article is only visible to the website administrator. You will be able to ‘like’ each article only once.

We’ll reveal the number of ‘likes’ for each article on February 15, 2013. The author whose article has the most likes will win a special prize.    

‘Belarus in Focus 2012’ is the second edition of a competition for all journalists - Belarusian and international - writing about Belarus in the international media.  

Held by Solidarity with Belarus Information Office in collaboration with Press Club Polska, the competition aims to highlight articles that attempt to present a new, original side to Belarus and explore the country beyond the label of ‘Europe’s last dictatorship’.

Articles should have been published between November 16, 2011 and December 31, 2012. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2013. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for submitting articles to ’Belarus in Focus’ has been extended to January 27th, 2013.

This year, judges include Polona Frelih, Delo (Slovenia), Oliver Money-Kyrle, International Federation of Journalists (UK), Prof. David Marples, University of Alberta (Canada), and Yuliya Slutskaya, Solidarity with Belarus Information Office (Belarus).

’Belarus in Focus 2012’ is kindly supported by the Canada Fund.

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