‘News article is TNT’: State-run TV head speaks for banning Belarusians from commenting on web

Henadz Davydzka, Chairman of the Belarusian Television and Radio Company, is lobbying for introducing a new kind of censorship in the country.

In Saturday’s TV programme ‘Editors’ Club’ Mr Davydzka pitched an idea to inhibit people from expressing their opinions on the Internet:

“One should bar discussing articles!”

According to Davydzka, many media outlets publish articles just to get more comments.

“And a lock opens. A forum is sort of Bickford fuse – there is always a bunch of comments like “Bastard! Stabb them! Hang! Cross!” the official says.

In his opinion, a news story or article is ‘TNT’.

It is not the first time the head of the Belarusian TV and Radio Company has suggested severe measures be taken against someone criticising the country’s authorities. In 2015, He proposed a boycott of a movie with Tom Cruise in the lead and even picketing cinemas.

Henadz Davydzka’s recent statement caused a massive outrage among Belarusian Internet users. Some of them even came up with the idea to ‘ban Davydzka’. Belsat TV hope that next time he will not recognize web commentators as terrorists.


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