Novy Chas

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Novy Chas
Type Weekly newspaper
Publisher Frantsishak Skaryna Belarusian Language Society
Founded March 2007; 11 years ago (2007)
Political alignment Independent
Language Belarusian
Headquarters Minsk
Sister newspapers Nasha Slova

Novy Chas (New Time in English)[1] is an independent weekly newspaper published in Belarus.

History and profile[edit]

Novy Chas was established on 1 March 2007 as a successor to Zgoda which was shut down in 2007.[2][3] The publisher is the Frantsishak Skaryna Belarusian Language Society.[4] The society also publishes Nasha Slova newspaper and youth magazine Verasen.[4] Novy Chas which published weekly is headquartered in Minsk[3][5] and has an independent and liberal political leaning.[1][2]

In June 2009, Novy Chas is the recipient of the Zeit prize awarded by Zeit-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, a German foundation.[6][7] As of 2010 Alyaksey Karol was the editor-in-chief of the paper.[8]


Shortly after its start Novy Chas was closed down and resumed publication on 25 May 2007.[3] The paper was warned by the Belarus authorities at the end of 2007.[2] In June 2010, the paper was also warned by the information ministry due to the absence of the editor in chief's patronymic and the bar code from the imprint of the newspaper.[8] In addition, it was barred from the state distribution network.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dimiter Kenarov (2 March 2012). "Tongue Oppressor". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Independent Belarusian Newspaper Threatened With Closure". Radio Free Europe. 7 December 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "The "Novy Chas" Newspaper Resumed Publication". Kontrateksty. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Aleh Trusau (August 2012). "Belarusian – the language of the élite". Kultura Enter. Archived from the original on 23 January 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Committee to Protect Journalists' Statement on Novy Chas' Case". Committee to Protect Journalists. 17 December 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Belarusian Newspaper Novy Chas Wins Award of Germany's Zeit Foundation". Democratic Belarus. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Free Press defenders receive awards at the Nobel Institute in Oslo". Human Rights House. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "Information Ministry Issues Warning to Newspaper Novy Chas". Democratic Belarus. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2014.