Belarus State TV involvement in torture

The National Anti-Crisis Management asks for investigation

14 April 2021 | National Anti-Crisis Management
Source: Voice of Belarus

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The National Anti-Crisis Management (NAM) has asked the European Broadcasting Union to investigate materials revealing the involvement of the Belarusian state television and radio broadcasting service, Belteleradiocompany, in torture. Pro-government TV channels are not just distributing inappropriate content, but are, in fact, its main clients. Lukashenko uses his media resources to intimidate the population.

A shameful TV genre of recent months – a frightened man with signs of beatings against the background of a red-green flag repents for having dared to speak out against Lukashenko’s regime, then apologises.

A striking example is the “interrogation” of political prisoner Mikalai Dziadok, shown on Belarus 1 TV channel. The man is beaten, answers in memorised phrases without even listening to the questions to the end, while the author of the story allows himself to mock the man who has obviously just been subjected to violence.

Beating people up, forcing them to confess on camera through violence – in today’s world this is clearly interpreted as torture. Even the dissemination of such content violates human rights and ethical norms of all kinds.

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