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EU May Fund Broadcasts To Belarus

1 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- The European Union says it is exploring the possibilities to support independent media outlets such as radio and television in Belarus to give the country a source of information other than state-controlled broadcasters.

EU spokesman Amadeu Tardio said today that the broadcasts could be financed from the EU's 8 million-euro human rights budget.

The statement follows last week's condemnation by the EU executive of what it said were "acts of intimidation by the Belarusian authorities" against members of the Polish minority.