The Belarusian authorities are facing more pressing problems now, Belsat TV is not challenge No.1 to them, the channel’s director Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy told TV Republica.
“There is no doubt that the Belarusian authorities are not fans of Belsat TV, because we criticize them, we criticize Lukashenka. But I am convinced that the Belarusian authorities now have greater fears than the fear of Belsat TV,” she said.
In her opinion, at the moment Belarus is seeking to establish contacts with the West, mainly with Poland. Firstly, it is the result of the country’s grave economic problems. Secondly, there is also the rhetoric of rapprochement, with the help of which the Belarusian authorities are trying to blackmail Moscow.
In mid-December, Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy told portal Wpolityce.pl with reference to unofficial information that the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs intended to reduce reduce financing the television channel Belsat TV by 2/3 and stop its broadcast in the Belarusian language. On a practical level, such changes would mean the closure of Belsat, the only independent Belarusian-language TV channel, which has become a permanent support of public opinion and national identity of Belarusians.
On December 18, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Wazczykowski voiced the ministry’s plans of Belsat TV transition to a web mode and its journalists’ transfer to TVP Polonia.