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2 May 2019

Lukashenko: Successful development of journalism crucial for information sovereignty of Belarus

Lukashenko: Successful development of journalism crucial for information sovereignty of Belarus
Vladimir Zhevnyak

MINSK, 2 May (BelTA) -  The successful development of journalism is one of the most important factors of the information sovereignty of Belarus, reads the message of greetings from Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko to the 23rd  Mass Media in Belarus expo. Deputy Head of the Belarus President Administration Vladimir Zhevnyak read out the message at the official opening of the expo in Minsk on 2 May, BelTA has learned.

“The successful development of professional journalism is one of the most important factors of the information sovereignty of Belarus. Ethics, integrity and credibility of news, a clear civil position are attributes of solid reliable print and electronic media outlets  television projects that can face the challenges of modern times,” the message reads.

Developing and improving the journalism, filling it with deep analytical content, mass media must work  first of all, for the good of people and the state, peace and harmony in society, national unity.

The Mass Media in Belarus expo opened in Minsk on 2 May to run through 4 May. Taking part in the forum are over 50 exhibitors which represent mass media outlets of Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic states, Uzbekistan and China. The expo reflects the whole range of the information space in the country. Among the participants of the forum are printed and audio-visual mass media, internet resources, news agencies, cable TV operators and distributors, publishing houses. The total area of the exposition will exceed 1,000 square meters.

The central themes of the exhibition will include the 75th anniversary of Belarus’ liberation from the Nazis, the 2nd European Games, modern internet technologies and the revival of the native land. On 3 May the expo will hold its first PR Day and also a large presentation of network media, including Mediana.by founded jointly with the Department of Journalism of the Belarusian State University, the Information Ministry, and the public press center House of the Press. The Dipservice Hall in Minsk will host the awards ceremony for the winners of the national contest of printed mass media Golden Letter. Over 330 applications have been received this year. The Mass Media in Belarus expo will mark Children’s Day on 4 May.

The Mass Media in Belarus expo has been held since 1997 by the Information Ministry with assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Minsk City Hall, the national exhibition center BelExpo, other government agencies, top mass media, and public organizations.

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