At a meeting of the Political Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Deputy Head of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Andrei Alexandrov proposed to hold a hearing on the issue of media freedom in Belarus.
At the meeting, Alexandrov said that, that without freedom of expression can not hold free elections.
"During the election, the importance of press freedom and freedom of expression is increased at times, because the press is the area of public debate about what the company has to go through, how it should develop. And if there is no freedom of press, freedom of expression is limited if, if such a discussion is not conducted , in principle, free elections to be can not "- said in an interview with BelaPAN Alexandrov.
He reminded the participants of the meeting about the pressure on the media, of the refusal to register political media. Moreover, According to the representative of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, a number of independent media to still can not get into the state system of distribution.
Alexander also said that the Belarusian issue held "quite an emotional debate". "Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, made a speech in which he described Belarus as an earthly paradise. But most were questions about the activities of political parties. Wondered why the incumbent confront directly the nine candidates, and so on," — said Alexander.
"As for the media, it was unanimous: violations in this area and far from democratic state today are a fact," — said the deputy head of the Belarusian Association of Journalists Andrei Alexandrov.