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14 January 2021, 13:26

U.S. media landscape compared to digital and information gulag

Andrei Krivosheyev. An archive photo
Andrei Krivosheyev. An archive photo

MINSK, 14 January (BelTA) - The media environment in the United States is turning into a digital and information gulag, Chairman of the Board of the Belarusian Union of Journalists Andrei Krivosheyev said on the air of the ONT TV channel on 13 January, BelTA has learned.

During the broadcast, experts discussed ongoing events in the United States, including the blocking of Donald Trump's social media accounts. The program's host, Dmitry Bochkov, described the precedent as the ‘digital execution of Trump'. “A paradox, a wicked irony: the Democrats, who are for free speech by definition, have shut Trump's voice down. OK, political struggle. We get it. But there are still millions of his followers and supporters who see the president as the advocate of their values. What is this?" he asked the participants of the broadcast.

“This is a digital and information gulag indeed. Social networks now think of themselves as new censors and editors who can censor the incumbent president of the United States and millions of his supporters. Plus, look at the way the seemingly traditional media outlets act: they ask the president a question and then they cut him off the air and say he's talking nonsense. This is just a new normality of the traditional and new media,” Andrei Krivosheyev said.

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