Vestiges of the Great War. State-run TV keeps fighting from the the V-Day perspective

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Vestiges of the Great War. State-run TV keeps fighting from the the V-Day perspective

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”).

The story of twelve-year-old Roman Kogodovsky, who rescued his brother in a fire on April 28, received wide coverage. His fate would suddenly concern the state-run channels, and this coverage would strongly emphasize the personal involvement of Lukashenka, the all-round support of the family and the boy himself by the government agencies, including security officials and journalists from the state-run TV.

 

Key narratives can be found in APPENDIX 1.

 

The main reported task of the authorities was to keep the supporters consolidated, uphold state patriotism on the basis of established historical landmarks, and to resist attempts to change this order.

Requirements were put forward for the civil service, which almost equated it with military duty. The law enforcers were also glorified, thus becoming another type of hero of the week, being honored for last year's performance.

The state-run TV focused their attack during the week on the Western countries and Ukraine, which is traditionally used as an example of a country with rampant neo-Nazism, radicalism, and disregard for the "proper" historical memory.

Individual attacks were directed at NGOs, Belarusian diasporas and the “radicals” inside the country. NGOs were seen as a source of alien influence, promoters of disruptive values, agent provocateurs for further rallies.

In addition to the decree "On the Protection of Sovereignty and the Constitutional System" and changes in the civil service, the ongoing theme of digitalization of the economy and public administration could be seen as the reform-related messages.

In addition, the editorials featured unorthodox suggestions (additional credit for virgins on their college enrollment score cards).

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.

 

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

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