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2 May 2019

Opinion: Journalists should be aware of their responsibility

Opinion: Journalists should be aware of their responsibility

MINSK, 2 May (BelTA) -  Journalists should be aware of their responsibility, Belarus Information Minister Aleksandr Karlyukevich said as he addressed the opening ceremony of the 23rd edition of the Mass Media in Belarus expo in Minsk on 2 May, BelTA has learned.

“We see new technologies evolving fast, information flows increasing, new media formats emerge, and the general paradigm of journalism changing. But the fundamentals of journalism remain unchanged: unconditional commitment to facts, objectivity, impartiality, professionalism, self-expression and creativity. Journalists also need to be aware of their responsible mission,” Aleksandr Karlyukevich noted.

In the run-up to the professional journalists days, Mass Media in Belarus expo has once again opened its doors to Belarusian and foreign media, all readers, viewers and listeners. “I am pleased to welcome regular exhibitors and newcomers. We are all united by journalism. All of us care about its present and future. In this hall I see many young colleagues, future media professionals and TV celebrities. I would like to express my confidence that this exhibition will be interesting and very useful for you,” the minister said.

The Information Ministry has compiled an eventful program of the exhibition. “We did our best to feature more experts, speakers with different points of view. We have also expanded the framework of the expo by inviting printed media distributors, publishers, PR community, social media professionals. The points of growth of modern journalism, modern media are most evident at the intersection of industries. The participation of our good friends from afar adds to the scale of the event. Thank you for your warm and kind attitude towards Belarus,” said Aleksandr Karlyukevich.

Taking part in the exhibition which is running on 2-4 May are more than 50 exhibitors. The expo traditionally showcases printed and digital mass media as well as online publications, which started seeking registration as mass media in Belarus in accordance with legislation novelties as of 1 December 2018.

The program of the expo features presentations of information and online projects, autograph sessions, and workshops. Heads of mass media outlets, journalists, and experts will discuss important issues related to the operation of the media sector, the role of mass media in the development of the society and the state. Multiple events will be dedicated to regional mass media, which will tell the story of their participation in the social and economic development of their regions. A presentation of sport publications will be arranged.

The Belarusian mass media outlets will also showcase projects as part of the nationwide campaign Belarus Remembers. The expo features projects of the Belarusian Telegraph Agency BelTA, press services and communication agencies. BelTA has displayed rare photos of 1941-1944 and partisan journals. BelTA’s stand also showcases traditions of sovereign Belarus, and serves as a venue to meet with athletes and set a new record.

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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