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Britain says doubling aid to help Belarus media, rights organizations

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said it was sending an extra 1.5 million pounds ($1.98 million) to help support media and human rights organizations in Belarus, citing a need for independent media and to counter disinformation.

“This additional funding will help to support independent media and those defending human rights in Belarus, at a time when objective and honest reporting is most vital,” a foreign office statement said.

The additional cash would support projects over two years, and represents a doubling of existing aid to the sector, the statement said.

Reporting by William James; Editing by Alison Williams

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