Belarus to draft ideological propaganda program 12:03, 10/12/2004, Itar-Tass
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ordered his new administration chief-of-staff to draft a clear ideological propaganda program for 2005-2006 and to transmit it to neighboring countries. “So far there is no ideological work in the country which we would like to see. Certain elements do exist, but there is no clear system”, Lukashenko said on Thursday while presenting his new chief-of-staff Viktor Sheiman.
The president outlined three main events to be included into the program – the 60th anniversary of the victory in World War 2, the third pan-Belarussian people’s assembly and the presidential election.
He urged to ensure considerable results already in the first six months of 2005.
Lukashenko said mass media have to better react to “information attacks from abroad by using counterpropaganda”.
“There are vivid examples on TV, radio and printed media. But there is no unified system”, he said.
The president urged to expand the transmission of Belarussian programs to Russia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine.
“We shall not interfere into the internal affairs of Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania or Poland. We shall show them our real situation. Thus, the neighboring countries will treat us normally and it would be difficult for the leaderships of the countries to ignore the opinion of their people”, Lukashenko said.