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24 May 2021, 15:14

Latest laws seen as continuation of Lukashenko's policy on preventing threats to national security

MINSK, 24 May (BelTA) – The laws on mass events, telecommunications, and mass media that Aleksandr Lukashenko has signed are part of the persistent policy the head of state pursues in order to prevent the situations that pose a threat to national security, BelTA learned from Nikolai Shchekin, Candidate of Philosophy, Head of the Sociology of Public Administration Department at the Sociology Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

The analyst said: “In line with the telecommunications law the government may take measures to restrict the operation of telecommunication networks and the means of telecommunications that belong to such networks. I believe such a law is long overdue. I am talking not only about national security per se but about the prevention of hybrid influence on the Belarusian society, particularly on the still weak souls of the young generation, from unfriendly countries, which, as we've seen, are intent on violently overthrowing the government and destroying the state. We have a responsibility primarily to the future generations. The Operations and Analysis Center under the President has been entrusted with the key regulatory function, which testifies to the comprehensive systematization of its work in the sphere of national security – social networks, communications, and energy security. The society needs to rest assured that in any emergency the state will be able to ensure the inviolacy of private life. Thus, the state moves along an evolutionary way towards stronger protection of its sovereignty and independence.”

Speaking about the role of the law for the external contour of the country, Nikolai Shchekin stressed the document will be a barrier for such foundations as the USA's National Endowment for Democracy and many other ones intent on providing a destructive influence on a society.

“Innovations in the laws on mass media and mass events have been introduced taking into account international experience. Virtually all the innovative provisions have already been implemented and are being realized in all the countries of the collective West. The law clearly specifies mechanisms and principles for organizing mass events. This is why giving municipal authorities and law enforcement bodies the right to regulate the organization of mass events in connection with the overall coordination of the work of the trade infrastructure is important,” the analyst noted. “The key purpose of the law on mass media is to minimize foreign influence on the Belarusian information market, restrict access to Internet resources if they contain information that may harm national interests.”

According to Nikolai Shchekin, the law on mass media introduces clear-cut rules for the information space. It blocks informational regulated chaos, which stems from the propaganda of extremist activities and Nazism ideology.

“I believe the prohibition to publish results of polls concerning the public and political situation without the necessary accreditation is an important point. The state has to learn how to protect itself and create its own agenda. I can see the desire to preserve civil peace, historical truth, and traditional values behind all these changes,” the analyst summed up.

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