Representatives of Belarusian state-owned media attack Statkevich
“Imprisoned people, while they are imprisoned, are waived as a flag before the West. Now they are free – so there is no flag. And there are no other flags” – head of Belarusian state TV Davydzka said on Sunday during the “Editors Club” program at “Belarus 1” state TV channel.
Other participants of the program were rough on the opposition too – head of intergovernmental “Mir” TV and radio company Uladzimir Piarcou claimed that the opposition would not need Mikola Statkevich now, and he would be “another person to be wasted as a political figure”.
Chief Editor of state-owned “SB. Belarus today” newspaper Pavel Yakubovich underlined that presidential pardon of Statkevich was not a big event for anybody except for a small part of virtual community. Yakubovich has also attacked Statkevich for allegedly calling to take money from their bank accounts.
Despite raised hopes, a full turn toward Europe seems unlikely.
Do recent events indicate that Belarus could fully turn towards Europe and pull away from Russia politically? In the last few months, a number of developments have excited observers in international media and revitalised old debates about the former Soviet country’s future. But despite positive indications, a broader view suggests that this prediction may be overly optimistic.
In the judgment of most media freedom or democracy indexes, the Eastern European country is labelled as one of the worst in Europe and in recent years Belarus has shown no tangible progress towards establishing a free media atmosphere.