The FINANCIAL — The Belarusian National Platform for the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) has voiced its concern over the cutting of funding for the independent television channel Belsat TV.
Addressing the Polish government, which also intends to stop broadcasting in the Belarusian language, EaP CSF called for the involvement of Belarusian partners and civil society representatives in the discussion on the future of Belsat TV, according to EU Neighbours East Info.
The channel holds high importance for many actors in Belarus and the country media landscape. Belarusian experts, journalists, representatives of CSOs and cultural community have contributed to Belsat TV broadcasting and are interested in Belsat TV’s future activity.
Over the past nine years, the TV channel has become an important part of the independent media space in Belarus. It became instrumental in the formation of the Belarusian identity on the basis of European values. Closing the channel may lead to more negative effects, in particular, the substantial weakening of the resistance against Russian propaganda.