Babruisk: state-owned mass media agitate for Lukashenka

2010 2010-12-01T20:28:41+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The state-owned mass media of Babruisk are keeping to the tactic of silence during the present electoral campaign and publish only general information on elections. The only exception is the mouthpiece of the Babruisk Town Executive Committee Babruiskaye Zhyttsio, which dedicatedly promotes just one candidate, the incumbent Lukashenka.

For instance, in the article There Are No People Indifferent To The Fate of The Country (published in #96, dated 1 December, in the column Election-2010) Aliaksandr Tsimafeyeu writes about the plenum of the town organization of the Belarusian civil association of veterans.

The author begins by saying that ‘... some people turn the opportunity to deliver to thepeople their election programs in a regular show and some of the contenders for the highest office are trying to find the answer to the question of how to make our lives better’ - and still does not explain who is who. Instead of it, he returns to the plenum and the speeches by the Chairperson of the ideological department of the Babruisk Town Executive Committee Yury Sebrukovich, the Chairperson of the municipal organization of the Belarusian Union of Officers Aliaksandr Vinahradau and the Chairperson of the veterans' organizations Halina Malikava, all of whom urged residents of Babruisk to cast their votes for President Aliaksandr Lukashenka’, after which the plenum decided to support him at the upcoming election.

The district newspaper Trybuna uses its webpage for publishing the articles of the state information agency BelTA that characterize the incumbent president as a caring and just ruler. It also quotes the Chairperson of the Babruisk District Council of Deputies Leanid Barkouski who ‘pointed out the fact that at present we already have confidence in the future welfare of the people’, and ‘advised residents of the village council to take an active part in the future election, and unanimously vote for our future’.

The local electronic media also ignore the opposition candidates, with the exception of the independent portal Despite the fact that the presidential candidate Vital Rymasheuski has had two electoral meetings in Babruisk already, the website of the Babruisk Town Executive Committee published only information about a picket in support of A.Lukashenka held by representatives of the ‘state NGOs’ Belaya Rus and Belarusian Republican Youth Union.

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