National Television and Broadcasting Council bans retransmission of Belarus 24 TV channel in Ukraine – Reuters

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The Ukrainian National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting removed the Belarus 24 TV channel from the list of foreign programs, the content of which meets the requirements of the European Convention on Transfrontier Television and Ukrainian legislation.

“The reason for the removal of the TV channel from the list of programs authorized for retransmission was the broadcasting of audiovisual works prohibited for a demonstration on the territory of Ukraine, and films with the participation of actors listed on the list of persons who threaten the national security of our state by the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy,” the National Council press service reported.

It should be noted that the National Council has been closely monitoring the activities of the television channel for a long time.

“For a while, the on-air content of this channel was noticeably different from that of typical pro-government Belarusians, since this is the international version, obviously they paid attention to it. But recently, our monitoring has recorded violations,” National Council member Maksym Onopriyenko said.

In particular, when monitoring the content of the programs of the Belarus 24 TV channel in the period from May 19 to May 22, the broadcast of the programs “Understanding and Neutralizing” with the participation of Oleg Gazmanov, “The Last Day” with the participation of the host Boris Shcherbakov and “Slovianski Bazaar”, “the State of the Union invites”, “Pesnyary – 50, Part1″ with the participation of Kormukhin. The popularization by the Belarusian client of persons on the list of persons threatening national security contradicts the requirements of paragraph 10 of part 2 of article 6 of the Law of Ukraine “On Television and Radio Broadcasting”.

“This content contains elements of incitement to ethnic hatred and clearly shows signs of violation of paragraph 4 of part 2 of article 6 of the Law of Ukraine “On Television and Radio Broadcasting”. The broadcast took place in the recording or pre-prepared plots were used, and therefore, the broadcaster had the possibility of editing the information offered to viewers for more precision”, notes the National Council.

Since, as of June 6, Belarus is not a signatory to the European Convention on Transfrontier Broadcasting, the retransmission of the Belarus 24 television program from the territory of Belarus was carried out in accordance with the decision of the National Council, if the requirements of the Convention and Ukrainian legislation are ignored, the National Council has the right to take measures to prevent or punish such violations.

“Thus, the regulatory body has taken the decision to remove the Belarus 24 TV channel from the list of authorized retransmissions,” the council said.

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