20 January 2018, Saturday, 4:21

Belarusian Ministry of Information: Russian TV doesn't lie about Ukraine


The Ministry of Information of Belarus did not find disinformation in news reports on Russian TV channels.

Charter97.org learnt it from a reply of the ministry to the letter of the press service of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ).

“The Ministry of Information does not have any information regarding the facts of 'unhidden slander and disinformation in relation to Ukrainian and Belarusian events that take place daily on central Russian television channels' and does not have the right to comment on violations of the laws on media of the Russian Federation by Channel One,” reads the answer signed by deputy minister of information Siarhei Hilman.

BAJ spokesman Barys Haretski asked the Ministry of Information to evaluate the story “Slovyansk refugee recalls how a militant's little son and wife were executed before her own eyes” shown on Channel One and raise the question on the suspension of broadcasting the Russian channels, which systematically violate the law, in Belarus.

The Ministry of Information says they can withdraw a licence of a TV channel or a radio station “only in cases of gross violations of the Belarusian legislation on licencing: if licenceable activity is carried out for the purposes that violate the interests of Belarus, or if the broadcast contains information that is banned from or restricted for distribution by legislation.”

Activists of the organising committee to create the Belarusian Christian Democracy party and representatives of the pubic committee on solidarity with Ukraine called to stop broadcasting central Russian channels in Belarus.