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10 Apr 2018

Lukashenko: We will replace civil servants, who don’t talk to the press

MINSK, 10 April (BelTA) – Civil servants should know how to talk to reporters and provide them with the necessary information. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the relevant statement as he met with representatives of the country’s largest state-run mass media on 10 April, BelTA has learned.

“I don’t know how you are going to accomplish that but if I hear or read it on the Internet that some civil servant does not talk to the press and fails to provide the information he or she should provide — primarily to our key reporters and mass media — I want your proposals on replacing such a civil servant right away. Because failing to talk to the press for the second time will be a very painful experience,” Alexander Lukashenko warned the Belarus President Administration and the Information Ministry.

The president noted that due to the inability of civil servants to make comments on some problematic situation the head of state has to sometimes step in in order to “clear up the mess”. “If you are a minister, deputy ministry, head of an enterprise, be so kind as to talk to reporters however hard and complicated it may be,” stressed Alexander Lukashenko. Meanwhile, reporters should be more persistent in getting comments from civil servants.

BelTA Director General Irina Akulovich raised the matter of interaction with civil servants and their refusal to sometimes comment on problems. In her words, executives of all ranks and levels should understand that if they have information, they should share it before the problem goes critical.

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