Minsk OSCE Missing Urges Belarusian TV to Keep to Standards of Journalism

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The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

According to the press-service of Belarusian Association of Journalists, in the note, distributed by the press service of Minsk OSCE office on 11 May the documentary film “Road Nowhere”, broadcast on the first national TV channel, was called libeling. The OSCE office urged the National State TV and Radio Company to keep to standards of professional journalism and present the possibility to the film characters to speak on TV. The OSCE office considered this broadcast as an evident attempt to spoil the authority of political opposition on the eve of Parliamentary election.

The head of the OSCE office, Ambassador Eberhardt Heiken said that the film didn’t meet the standards of unbiased presentation of facts and the principles of political pluralism.

In the 40-minute film the narration about the present leaders of Belarusian opposition was mixed together with the activity of fascist during World War II.