The best harness the power of the media during the presidential election campaign? This issue has become central to today's roundtable of independent journalists, politicians and human rights activists. Round table organized by the analytical center "Strategy" and the National Committee of the United Democratic Forces.
Journalists, politicians and human rights activists have agreed to hold such meetings regularly. Everyone agreed that, together to save the independent media will be easier. Jeanne Litvin, Chairman of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, talking about the situation in the media, said that the state distribution of emitted private editions, attempts to register the new independent media politically active persons are not successful, and last year 20 journalists were warned by the prosecutor's office to work for foreign media without accreditation.
Nevertheless Jeanne Litvin said that on the eve of the election campaign of independent journalism was able to articulate their role and place in this process:
"We must first of all give information to the voters to the polling stations they can make informed choices. We
must be a forum and a platform, a platform for political competition, to discuss the program, which goes to the polls representatives of the various trends of society. We are obliged to provide the information and possible wider, which is different from a naked propaganda. And, perhaps most importantly — we just have to use this campaign primarily for dialogue within the country. "
As it turned out during the debate, politicians and journalists have competing claims. For example, a journalist Alexander Koktysh I do not like the passivity of press services of many political parties and movements. Politician Statkevich believes that under the dictatorship democratic journalists should not criticize the opposition leaders because "they have, that is, the power, and we have — the Democrats."
A human rights activist Sergei Sys called for common efforts to seek exceptions to the Criminal Code, "dyfamatsyynyh articles", as is already done in Ukraine, Moldova, Romania and other countries
Chairman of the National Committee of the United Democratic Forces Anatoly Lebedko was pleased with the result of the discussion:
"We have built up a concrete plan of joint action — what can we do to make the media space has not decreased, not curled that she kept during the presidential campaign, and we have informed message of politicians, thanks to the media and with the safety net of human rights defenders."