Monitoring of State TV Narratives in Belarus (22/02/2021 – 28/02/2021)
Price control became a significant topic. The state channels tried to prove that there was no threat of deficit and called on business to understand what is important at the moment. The state, as a wise controller, eliminates the imbalances caused by the irresponsibility of individual actors and the complicated conjuncture — this is how the need to introduce regulatory measures was justified.
Key narratives can be found in APPENDIX 1.
The topic of state support for sports, opposition to pressure in this area arose against the background of Lukashenka's attendance at the NOC meeting and the election of Viktor Lukashenka as the new president of the committee. The image of “Athletic Belarus” is of particular importance for state TV, and is traditionally used to promote the ideology of unity, patriotism, and glorify the achievements of the state.
Narrative of the need for strict order sometimes went as far as direct references to German military practices, including executions and the gallows. STV also called for the creation of a structure like the "Order of the Sword Bearers" and the political militia to confront the enemies.
The topics of changes in criminal legislation, new Administrative Offenses Code and Code of Administrative Procedure, as well as the importance of digitalization were the main content of the reform messages.
The range of the presenters’ opinions did not go beyond the official guidelines. At the same time, the inputs from individual guests of the state-run TV (Gaidukevich, Voskresensky) were aimed at a certain strengthening of political activity.
The project “Monitoring of State TV Narratives in Belarus” is implemented by Sense Analytics in partnership with Press Club Belarus. The author of the weekly reports is Maxim Stefanovich, the editor and coordinator of the project is Artyom Shraibman.
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