Information isolation makes the population unaware of the true political situation in the country. Moreover, many people have become disillusioned with political participation because of the history of rigged elections. Some are also afraid of repeating the fate of the opposition leaders that have suffered prosecution by the government.

It appears that Belarusians would become more politically active if they gained access to independent electronic media such as television or FM radio broadcasts. To prevent uncontrolled political activism, the Belarusian authorities target their repression against journalists and independent media.