18 January 2018, Thursday, 4:51

Zhanna Litvina: Authorities will not change their attitude to media

Attitude to media as part of an ideological machine will not change.

This opinion was expressed by the head of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), Zhanna Litvina.

She gave her comments on Lukashenka's remarks at yesterday's press conference.

“There is not such a notion as state-run media in democratic countries. They have information bulletins published by governmental bodies, but they have no ambitions to control public opinion. They have a principled duty of certain officials and whole governments to inform people about their activity. Democratic countries create conditions to turn mass media into business.

I have the impression that the head of state regards formation of media holdings as part of destatisation. It's not true,” Zhanna Litvina says.

The BAJ head noted that the mediasphere in Belarus needed reforms. The measures taken to form holdings do not mean demonopolisation of the mass media.

“We have little information about the processes. It's too early to speak that media holdings will save us from destatisation and pouring money into the media. Creating larger formations can end with greater monopolisation,” she says.

Lukashenka said yesterday that the authorities would continue backing the official media. “We will not leave the ideological sector. It's important for us today. We must have state-run media to play a role in this sector,” the head of state said.