Lukashenka-run TV keeps aloof: Belsat the only Belarusian channel to show Alexievich receiving Nobel Prize

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Belsat TV is the only Belarusian TV channel which is going to televise giving the Nobel Prize to writer Svetlana Alexievich.

On December 10, at 18:30 there will be a live broadcast with interpretation into Belarusian of the 2015 Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall.

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After persecution by Lukashenka regime, Svetlana Alexievich left Belarus in 2000. The International Cities of Refuge Network offered her sanctuary and during the following decade she lived in Paris, Berlin and Gothenburg. In 2011 Alexievich moved back to Minsk.

The state-run Belarusian Television- and Radio Company, ONT and STV channels will not broadcast the awarding ceremony.

“Belarusian TV never planned to acquire broadcasting rights to broadcasting rights due to a number of organizational, technical, financial and legal issues and aspects,” Svyatlana Smalonskaya-Kraskouskaya, Spokeswoman for the media holding, said.

On December 1, the Belarusian Language Society (TBM) addressed Henadz Davydzka, Head of the Television- and Radio, with request to air the ceremony referring to the fact that Svetlana Alexievich is a Belarusian writer. But Mr. Davydzka ignored it.

On December 10, the Nobel Prize 2015 for achievements in various fields – from medicine to literature – will be awarded in Stockholm and Oslo. The Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich will receive her – and the country’s – first Nobel in the Swedish capital. Because of this historic event, from 7 to 11 December, a significant portion of airtime on Belsat TV will be dedicated to the  “Nobel week with Svetlana Alexievich.”

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Broadcasts of the Nobel ceremony events, analysis and journalism, stories and movies, current events, discussions, disputes and intrigues around our first-ever Nobel – all this you will see in the “Nobel Week with Svetlana Alexievich” on Belsat TV and during online broadcasts on belsat.eu.

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