USA and video games are to blame for the casualties. State-run TV finding ideology even in neutral international news


USA and video games are to blame for the casualties. State-run TV finding ideology even in neutral international news

The purpose of this monitoring is to study how the Belarusian state conveys its ideological narrative. The most important mechanism for conveying its narrative is the evening broadcast. Then the informational function of media is complemented, and sometimes replaced by, the broadcasting of official ideological messages. We monitor the outputs of the Agency of the Television News (ATN), which prepares the news broadcasts for the Belarus-1 channel (“Panorama” and Sunday’s “Main Airtime”), the channel ONT (“Our News”, “Saturday’s Edition” and “Contours”), and the channel STV (“24 Hour News” and “The Week”).

Key narratives can be found in APPENDIX 1.


Personalism on the air was manifested in the praise of the decree No. 2 signed by Lukashenka and his speech on May 9th. Particular emphasis was placed on the popularity of Lakeshenka's speech on the Internet, in particular, the way it trended on YouTube. The speech strengthened the ideological message of unity, for which the state channels were actively calling. However, this rhetoric did not translate into proposals for specific concessions or reconciliation mechanisms.

The presentation of credentials was an occasion to highlight the strong international image of the authorities. At the same time, accusations were made against many countries.

The greatest concern and a stream of negative comments were caused by the NATO exercise. NATO and the United States were spoken of in the context of the destruction of "flourishing sovereign countries" — Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yugoslavia

The image of awakening Nazism and extremism formed the basis of the conflict-generating topics of state-run channels. However, there was not much specifics in these considerations. In fact, Nazism was equated with the use of white-red-white symbols and attempts to challenge the Soviet military-historical narrative.

The main reform messages during the week were related to the activities of the Constitutional Commission.

In the editorials, there was a rare departure from the framework of the official ideology. Thus, Golikov tried to connect the tragic events of the Second World War with the punishment for the crimes of Bolshevism against the church, which is not typical for the state-run TV.

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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