Polish Foreign Ministry: Anti-Polish Campaign In Belarus Is Provocation Ahead Of Elections 12:45, 09/02/2006
An official representative of the Polish Foreign Ministry Pawel Dobrowolski said to the Polish press agency that anti-Polish campaign in Belarusian mass media is a “provocation in the run-up to the presidential elections”. As said by the spokesperson of the Polish Foreign Ministry, accusations of spying brought against the Poles are “spun out of thin air”, the Radio Svaboda informs.
“It is an element of election campaign n Belarus. It is absolutely obvious and clear for everybody. The matter concerns some fictions. For instance, the faces of people in anti-Polish films were hidden, their voices distorted. It is a cheap propaganda style,” the director of information systems department of the Polish Foreign Ministry Pawel Dobrowolski stated.
As said by him, such actions of the state-run Belarusian media certainly would not improve Polish-Belarusian relations, as Belarus “spoils these relations itself, using some outdated arguments as if from an old magazine, for instance, alleging that Poland is doing something on American money”.
“The Belarusian society is living in a closed information system, where censorship rules. That is why fears remain that such propaganda programs and articles could partially fall on fertile ground. Belarus does not respect a simple rule – to give a chance for the other party side to express one’s opinion,” Mr Dabrawolski noted.
The representative of Polish Foreign Ministry said that it would take a little time for the ministry to decide whether to “react formally” to the charges of the Belarusian TV. It is possible that working consultations with other countries of the EU would be held in this case.