Pozirk is a news outlet that publishes solely on Telegram, the region’s most popular messenger app. Established by the team behind Naviny.by, it continues the tradition of providing objective, accurate, and fast news reporting.

The newsroom builds on the example of Belapan, Belarus's first and only private news agency. Naviny.by and Belapan were obliterated by President Aleksander Lukashenko's regime in the aftermath of the 2020 protests.

These outlets were branded as "extremist", and their key editors and founders are currently in prison. Members of the team who managed to avoid arrest and flee Belarus have created Pozirk as an exile news outlet, and they chose Telegram as the sole distribution channel in order to avoid the government’s attempts to block independent websites.

Last updated: February 2023

Location:
Minsk, Belarus
Year the organisation started publishing:
2021
Languages:
Russian
Belarusian
Type of coverage:
International
Countries of coverage:
Poland
Belarus
Ukraine
Other
Other countries of coverage:
Russia

Content

Type of content produced by theme:
Entertainment and culture
Economy and business
Entrepreneurship
Economy and finance
Education
Environment
Politics
Society and human rights
Gender
Feminism
LGBTIQ+
Refugees
Migration
Journalism genres:
Essays
Interviews and reporting
Opinion
Narrative journalism
Reviews
Journalism coverage types and techniques:
Cross-border journalism
Breaking news
Tech platforms and other mediums used:
Messaging service
Telegram
Primary tech platform or medium used to publish content:
Telegram

Audience and reach

Management and team

Founders

Female:
None
Male:
None
Founders:
Directors:

Team

Full-time employees:
None
Part-time employees:
None
Freelancers or consultants:
None
Volunteers:
None

Business structure and revenue sources

Organisation tax status:
Non-profit
All revenue sources reported by media leaders:
Grants
Audience support / reader revenue
Memberships
The primary source of revenue reported by media leaders:
Grants
The second most important revenue source reported:
Memberships

Transparency

Doesn’t publish information about annual revenue
Doesn’t publish the names of donors
Doesn’t have an ethics policy / manual
Doesn’t have a data privacy policy
Doesn’t have a whistleblower policy
Doesn’t have a complaints policy
Doesn’t have a sexual harassment or institutional violence policy
Is not signed up to a press regulator, trust initiative, or part of a press association
Does not publish up to date information about its team
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