Monitoring of State TV Narratives in Belarus (30/11/2020 – 06/12/2020)
To undermine the opponents, the stat-run TV would more often resort to the inputs from bloggers, both pro-government from Belarus and foreign ones.
Considerable attention was paid to stories about the problems of Poland, Ukraine and other countries, both in the coverage of the pandemic and in the context of internal political rift. A number of stories with the opinions of critics of the "consequences of the Maidan" were directly borrowed from Ukrainian channels.
Key narratives can be found in APPENDIX 1
Geopolitical and militaristic narratives were supplemented by discussions about the fight against rewriting history, the inadmissibility of the glorification of Nazism, as well as an information campaign against the white-red-white flag. The former Soviet territory was portrayed as battleground against "fascism rearing its ugly head."
The dialogue between the authorities and society was again reduced to a paternalistic agenda for addressing individual issues after citizens' appeal. The "emigrant opposition" was blamed for the possible problems caused by the introduction of economic sanctions.
alls for unity were accompanied by coverage of pro-government actions (car rallies) and the joint letter from athletes in support of the government. Creative approaches included the noteworthy efforts by a pro-government musical band "Galasy ZMesta".
Limited reformism was associated with the government's program for the next five years, which provides for institutional changes in various areas.
In the overwhelming majority of stories, there was no diversity of opinions, but individual criticism from citizens was still included in the “Contours” weekly summary on ONT.
The author of the weekly reports is Maxim Stefanovich, the editor and coordinator of the project is Artyom Shraibman.
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