LOGOISK DISTRICT, 23 September (BelTA) - Information policy should be based on truth and facts, not lies, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko told the media on 23 September, BelTA has learned.
The president once again drew attention to the fact that an information war had been unleashed in the world. In this situation one should not wait but respond, the Belarusian leader is convinced. “We have to ... We are Belarusians. If something happens, we will look around first so as not to offend anyone. This is a good quality, but not for today. If they start to attack, we have to respond,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.
“We will be improving [our information policy]. We must stand up and defend our home,” he added.
However, under no circumstances can fake news be used in this struggle, the head of state stressed. After all, sooner or later the truth will come out. “There should be no open lies on the screen. Only truth and facts must be at the basis,” the president emphasized.
The president also believes that it is wrong to think that the confrontation in the information field has completely shifted into the Internet space. “One should not think that everything is decided on the Internet today, but still it is silly not to use it,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko. In his words, television also plays an important role and is in demand in the Belarusian society. The president admitted that he himself regularly watches TV channels. He added at the same time that it was necessary to improve and modernize, including the use of new channels of communication and public information, such as Telegram, for instance. In this regard, the head of state said that he expects proposals and initiatives from journalists and expert community.