The head of Belarus has promised to discuss the issue of information security in the context of bilateral relations with Russia at a meeting with Putin.
Lukashenka sees a big threat in information pressure.
“… any cold or even hot war never begins without informational pressure and confrontation. Therefore, we will comprehensively analyze this problem in a more serious manner at the next meeting of the Belarus Security Council,” the head of state said.
“And we should be able to resist, especially in the media, the attacks that are made on Belarus (and they are sometimes made from different sides). We also need to decide on this. Information security in the context of the media, especially the Internet, is the main issue,” Lukashenka said.
Lukashenka stressed that efficiency is the main thing in the confrontation.
“Our effectiveness is still weak, especially in resisting all sorts of channels, pages and sites on the Internet. You see what is happening today. We are resisting weakly. But we have plenty of professionals. There simply was no appropriate organization. It needs to be properly done,” he explained.
In the comment to belsat.eu, BAJ Chairman Andrei Bastunets spoke about the initiative of Lukashenka.
According to him, the main danger is coming from the Eastern partner, but the head of Belarus is unlikely to fight pro-Russian propaganda, which passes through the state-run Belarusian media.
“The pro-Russian propaganda is the main danger here. Therefore, I do not know who will be perceived as a threat. Will they be controlling the situation so that the Russian threat does not come to us? Or rather, they will track the sites of the anarchists, the opposition, Belsat. And the impression is that, it is about something else here. They will purposefully search for outlets that criticize the authorities and interaction with Russia. ”
According to Andrei Bastunets, it is not necessary to create special organizations in order to strengthen information security.
“It is enough to monitor the programs that are broadcast via the Belarusian channels showing pro-Russian propaganda. And here the opposite is true. No wonder I heard that the authorities perceive Belsat not as a media outlet, but as propaganda. When Europeans ask them when they would stop fining journalists who collaborate with the channel, they say that they are not journalists, but propagandists.”
During the recent meeting, the head of state said that previously there was no need to create a separate organization that would deal with information security issues. In addition, he spoke about the need to create an organization that would rate the Belarusian media.