On April 19, there will be the first reading of the new amendments to the law on mass media in the Belarusian House of Representatives. It is highly likely that they will be approved without any comments.
After studying the document, one can conclude that there will be little change for state-run media, but a number of independent media outlets will get under blow.
Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka is rooting out the last bits of the freedom of speech in Belarus, Natallya Radzina, editor-in-chief of Charter-97 news website, believes.
“The amendments will be adopted by the silent majority and will target those [independent] media remaining in the country. They have finally tightened the screws. One can say that after such mesure is taken, the entire information space in Belarus will be placed under the ‘Russian world’, under the influence of Russian propaganda. The noxiousness of these amendments is that the a role of informants, snitches is imposed on the editors of independent media outlets. They will have to deliver personal data of commentators and journalists to secret services,” Natalya Radzina says.
According to her, Lukashenka’s propaganda is spectacularly losing to the independent media.