MINSK, 5 August (BelTA) - Roman Protasevich gave its take on the opposition media as he talked to the ONT TV channel on 4 August, BelTA has learned.
"Most of those who write [for opposition media] left Belarus. It is very difficult to write about the country, about the actual things that are happening in the country being far away and communicating with people only on the internet. You don't need to be very smart to write about protests. But to write about what Belarusians feel is another story," Roman Protasevich said.
The opposition media is out of touch with reality, he said. "They lack any kind of decorum. Earlier they used to get into things, now they do not even try. The materials turn out to be one-sided, many are trying to spin any kind of newsworthy story. I periodically take a look at the opposition Telegram channels. Their rhetoric does not change. This is a big problem for the opposition media and channels. They've trapped themselves. Every day they say that the state is bad and at the same time they broadcast news about detentions and criminal cases thus intimidating their own audience," Roman Protasevich emphasized.
Roman Protasevich also noted that, in his opinion, there is nothing wrong with propaganda. "Propaganda is the promotion of certain views, values and attitudes. I see no reason to be embarrassed by the word ‘propaganda'. But it is necessary, if not to change the discourse, but to correct it smoothly. This is important in terms of young people. We need to develop, we need new ideas so that young people are more involved in public life," he said.