What did state TV show from the speeches of the candidates?
Euroradio compared full speeches of the candidates at the registration ceremony and what did Belarusian state TV showed from them.
The state TV cut almost all of the speech of Tatsiana Karatkevich leaving only her words of gratitude to her initiative group. The words about the necessity of peaceful changes and economic problems were cut out completely.
Siarhei Haidukevich’s words about the “democratic, independent Belarus with peaceful sky above it” remained intact.
Mikalai Ulakhovich’s words about the “crisis” were cut out.
The speech of the head of Lukashenka’s initiative group Mikalai Orda was broadcasted almost fully, only his words of gratitude to the members of Central Election Committee were cut out.
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.