Sunday, 12 December 2010

Clever Lukashenko

I saw a headline on the front page of, which started:
Belsat TV celebrates third anniversary
Polish funded Belsat TV - which aims to provide an alternative to Belarusian

I immediately remembered Belsat as the Polish propaganda channel broadcasting to Belarus.

Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines propaganda for me as:
2: the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person
3: ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one's cause or to damage an opposing cause; also : a public action having such an effect

The Polish version of Belsat's role is that it "aims to provide an alternative to Belarusian state censored media". Belarusian President Aleksander Lukashenko is said to describe it as a western propaganda vehicle, which is obviously true. He is much more clearly stating the truth than Since a recent opinion pole showed that Polish people want journalists to tell the whole truth, no matter what the cost, Lukashanko is doing better than the journalists here. The whole article reads like the journalist approves of this Polish political broadcasting vehicle, but wants to avoid stating it's true nature. If there's 'whole truth' here, Lukashenko seems to have the edge.

So what should I think of his claim that Belsat is “stupid and uncongenial”? As far as I'm concerned, if it's anything like most TV channels across the world, he's dead right again. He must be a pretty clever fellow, that Lukashenko. Thanks to for giving me this insight.

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