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Inside Source: Belarus's silent revolution.

(photo: Marina Klinova)

Inside Source is our regular audio journal on the events and people making the news in the Sourcefabric community.


This week, we were joined by Marina Klinova from inside Minsk with a remarkable report on Belarus' silent revolution and the brutal governmental response to peaceful protest.

Organised through the 'Russian Facebook' Vkontakte, the Revolution Through Social Networks movement schedule silent, peaceful flashmob demonstrations in public places. Accusations of arrests being carried out in "Europe's last dictatorship" by plain clothes operatives using unlicensed vehicles, plus the blocking of social network sites, have been reported. Marina told us of the serious consequences for those demonstrating, and even for the journalists reporting on the protests.

The podcast also features a conversation with Claudia Méndez Arriaza, a journalist at El Periodico Guatemala. She told us of the fear young journalists have of doing something fundamental to the practice of journalism; signing one's name to a story.

Finally, we hear a report from Sheriff Bojang Junior of West Africa Democracy Radio on the empowerment of women in West Africa through microfinance and grassroots banking.