Between 20 the number of countries listed grew to 16 and then fell to 11. Country Reports on Human Rights Practices is an annual series of reports on human rights conditions in countries throughout the world.
Among other topics the reports include information on freedom of speech and the press including Internet freedom The reports are prepared by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor within the United States Department of State.
The president has established a strong and elaborate information security policy and has declared his intention to exercise strict control over the Internet under the pretext of national security.
The political climate is repressive and opposition leaders and independent journalists are frequently detained and prosecuted.
Freedom House has produced five editions of its report Freedom on the Net.
The first in 2009 surveyed 15 countries, The reports are based on surveys that ask a set of questions designed to measure each country’s level of Internet and digital media freedom, as well as the access and openness of other digital means of transmitting information, particularly mobile phones and text messaging services.
The Internet in Belarus, as a space used for circulating information and mobilizing protests, has been hard hit as the authorities increased the list of blocked websites and partially blocked the Internet during protests.
The level of filtering was classified in 26 countries in 2007 and in 25 countries in 2009.The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority ("TRA") assisted the Ministry of Culture and Information in the execution of the said Resolution by coordinating the procurement of the unified website blocking software solution.