Three-pronged attack. State-run TV builds up the narratives in the information warfare

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Three-pronged attack. State-run TV builds up the narratives in the information warfare

Monitoring of State TV Narratives in Belarus (07/09/2020 – 13/09/2020)

Lukashenko's interviews with the Russian journalists increased his presence on the air, but the bulk of the airtime, as usual, was devoted to smearing the opposition and protest. The situation in Belarus is the main theme for the "international pool" of opponents of color revolutions and Western policies made of commentators from Russia, Ukraine and other countries, right up to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Catalonia.

The saturation of ideological subjects again exceeded 90%. In search of new ways of exercising ideological influence on the audience, СTV channel, for example, launched the “Politics, open collar and uncut” with Evgeny Pustov and “Azarenok. The ropes of the 2020 politics.”

Key narratives can be found in APPENDIX 1

Conflictogenity remains a defining characteristic of the state-run TV, although its index has slightly decreased (7.2 points).

New information attacks were supplemented by threats to parents who take their children to protests and an emphasis on the participation of LGBT people in the protests.

As before, the only manifestation of reformist orientations on state channels was the announcement of a constitutional reform.

There was no noticeable increase in pluralism in the stories, however, state-run TV added a small element of an alternative opinion, showing several comments from the participants of the “Women's March”.

The main focus on the information warfare keeps reducing the differences in broadcasting between the TV channels to stylistic and compositional nuances. Many items, only slightly amended, "roam" from channel to channel on the same day or over several days.

The project “Monitoring of State TV Narratives in Belarus” is implemented by Sense Analytics in partnership with Press Club Belarus and with the support of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. The author of the weekly reports is Maxim Stefanovich, the editor and coordinator of the project is Artyom Shraibman. The authors of the project thank the SATIO team for their help with illustrating the monitoring results.

To see the full version of the report in Russian click here.

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