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Britain says doubling aid to help Belarus media, rights organisations

LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Britain said it was sending an extra 1.5 million pounds ($1.98 million) to help support media and human rights organisations 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. ($1 = 0.7571 pounds) (Reporting by William James; Editing by Alison Williams)

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