Monitoring of State TV Narratives in Belarus (11/01/2021 – 17/01/2021)
This, primarily, is in reference to a seven-day cycle of "Lies by the Fugitives " stories delivered by Igor Tur. This cycle not only became the basis of news on ONT, but was also re-broadcast, abridged, on other channels.
The total share of ideological stories was 79%. The personalistic narrative on state-run TV was manifested not only in the constant praise of Aliaksandr Lukashenka, but also in the revisits of the interview for the Russia-1 channel and declarations of his popularity. In addition, the TV channels started patting themselves on the back after being presented several major state awards.
Praising the upcoming All-Belarusian Assembly was an important part of the broadcast. It was called “the people's Veche”, “the most important social and political event”, “a forum of epoch-making significance for the Belarusian statehood”, etc.
Another topic was the Ice Hockey World Championship. “Certain forces” were accused of the attempts to disrupt it, which put pressure on the International Ice Hockey Federation and added a political component to the considerations about the Championship.
Key narratives can be found in APPENDIX 1
The exposure of the opposition's “venality and immorality” marked the transition from the search for the deep meaning of what is happening in the geopolitical struggle and the in the restoration of fascism or the war for historical memory, to the corrupt nature and greed of the political opponents. The attacks on the opponents of the government and the non-state media did not get in the way of the discussion of national unity.
Reformism manifested itself in the description of novelties in administrative legislation.
The two-sided approach was clearly acknowledged — there will be greater liability for carrying certain symbols and protest actions, while in other cases the focus is on prevention.
There were no significant manifestations of pluralism.
The author of the weekly reports is Maxim Stefanovich, the editor and coordinator of the project is Artyom Shraibman.
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