Monitoring of State TV Narratives in Belarus (16/11/2020 – 22/11/2020)
State TV channels reported that Minsk residential districts turned into "cesspools", and the protesters are turning to outright terrorism.
Lukashenka's meetings and speeches were the centerpiece of the news coverage. Lukashenka's resilience was explained to be at the core of the stability of the system in the face of external pressure and internal threats. Personalism was evident in the descriptions of the popularity of the recent interview with Lukashenka.
Fragments of messages from certain protest chats, usually anonymized, were very popular with state channels, serving the proof of the protesters' malicious intent. Thus, for example, accusations of preparing terror against the families of law enforcement officers became a staple.
Coverage of the pandemic balanced between neutral and ideological one, and was often used to glorify the effectiveness of the state's policy. State-run channels started actively promoting campaigning for compliance with sanitary requirements and mask-wearing regime.
Key narratives can be found in APPENDIX 1
International issues boiled down to descriptions of tensions, protests in the world, and speculations about the double standards of Western countries. Nevertheless, the multi-vector narrative has reappeared on the state-run TV. Although the presenters stressed the readiness to respond to the sanctions pressure, at the same time they noted Belarus' openness to cooperation.
The reform messages were mainly concerned the changes in the road tax and the related redistribution of powers of the authorities.
There were practically no alternative opinions.
The uniformity of ideological messages remained extremely high, plot diversity increased in the absence of new statements by Lukashenka.