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Alexander Lukashenko at World Congress of Russian Press: Choice between rating or truth is vital

Another selfie with President Lukashenko (a selfie is photographing yourself with a camera) was made by  a deputy of the Congress of Russian Press in Minsk.

Mr Lukashenko reacted to this impromptu very kindly. But he reacted emotionally to the compliment of Russian journalists when they thanked him for supporting the Russian language. "This is our language! - said the President. - This is not a foreign language. And this is our national treasure." At the same time, the Minister of Information Lilia Ananich began her speech in Belarusian. After all, Belarus has two official languages.

And it coincided that after the Russian-speaking journalists, Belarusian-speaking people from all over the world came to Minsk for the 7th congress of Belarusians. We will tell you about this too.

President Lukashenko spoke about the picture of the world opening the Congress of the Russian press (our program is also called Picture of the World). Our program took it personally: not only because of the name, but also because creating a picture of the world and events, and worldview is a delicate, responsible and difficult job today. Yevgeny Pustovoy reports.

This is a republican press center. It has truly international scale. Journalistic pools of the heads of state usually work here. Many of them come to Alexander Lukashenko. Given the peacekeeping image of the productive Minsk site, this media headquarters gives birth to headlines and texts about the most important events. One of them is the World Congress of the Russian Press. Here are the authors of the information picture of the Russian-speaking world from fifty countries.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
You, the media, write the history of the present, generalize phenomena and events, create a picture of what is happening (or, as is often said, the picture of the world). That is why the professionalism and civic responsibility of people from media acquires enormous importance. There was a transition to a new system of creating and disseminating information, citizen journalism. Now almost any person who has a phone and access to the Internet can act as a mass media. At the same time, for many people the world has narrowed to the screen of a smartphone, and the picture of the world to the news feed in social networks.

The Internet audience is among the most unprotected. The virtual reality has only one principle is the ranking - the more likes the better. It's time to teach people information hygiene.

Alexei Volin, Deputy Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation:
We must work and teach people to separate truth from lies; we must instill in people skills and the basics of information hygiene.

In one of his interviews, Alexander Lukashenko admitted that he himself had once thought about journalistic education. But in the end he became a historian, and then influenced history. Although as a President he learned the secrets of journalistic skills.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Hybrid wars are wars in cyberspace, these are economic wars, these are political wars. I lead to the fact that the most important, perhaps the first stage of these modern wars is wars in the media space. There is no artillery preparation anymore. Artillery is now prepared in mass media before any state or group unleashes a war.

False piece of information is skillfully spiced with manipulative technologies. Pushkin's language is littered with Americanisms, and minds with borrowed values. Harmful is made useful and bad is turned into something fashionable. Thus states and even moral foundations are destroyed. The problem is no longer in the unconventional form of the media, but in unconventional content.

Alexander Lukashenko:
In these conditions, moral and civil reference points largely depend on you, professional, experienced journalists. Therefore, the correct choice is always important: rating or truth, objectivity or personal interests. Some of our journalists representing traditional press are more and more beginning to publish something for the sake of short-term conjuncture, to slide down to unconventional journalism. You understand what I am talking about. Do not do this please. Remain traditional in this life.

However, there are no such challenges in Belarus. We keep the moral code of the Russian-speaking civilization at the same time developing our national spirit.

Lilia Ananich, Minister of Information of the Republic of Belarus:
(speaking in Belarusian) Dear friends! I cannot but welcome you in my own Belarusian language and take pride in my country - the Republic of Belarus, which today hosts the 19th World Congress of Russian Press.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Very often at the highest level, and at a lower level, for some reason, they start to thank me for my attitude to the Russian language. Now I want to emphasize it again citing a small part of the talks with Russian President Putin. Once during the talks he sincerely began to thank me for his attitude to the Russian language. I say: "Now, listen to me and remember. The Russian language is my language." Vladimir Vladimirovich says to me: "Listen, but where is our Russian language?" I say: "In the Vologda region." I do not know if I answered correctly impromptu, but I made it clear that after all our language, the Russian language is a tangle of souls of many peoples. You have come to a country which people honor, respect, talk and think in Russian. We are, of course, are very pleased that we have done a lot to raise the Belarusian language to the same level as the Russian language. We are doing a lot. And you should not be alarmed by this at all. This is our heritage.

Alexander Lukashenko's communication with journalists was very frank and alive. Such an interviewee is a find even for the most eminent journalists.

Masters of journalism - Ignatenko and Gusman - have 100 years of media experience in total. Vitaly Ignatenko is president of the World Association of Russian Press, while Yuli Gusman is a journalism expert.

Literally last week in Minsk at the session of the Parliamentary Assembly, Alexander Lukashenko raised the issue of peace in Europe. The way out is Helsinki-2 which may take place in Belarus.

Vitaly Ignatenko, President of the World Association of Russian Press:
You guessed the direction, the trend, which is today in Europe. Everyone is sick of enmity.

Alexander Lukashenko:
But we have been discarding this idea for quite some time, even though someone was not noticing it.

By the way, the pillar of Russian journalism Vitaly Ignatenko was awarded the Belarusian medal of Francysk Skaryna. Skaryna is Belarusian book printer, who united the peoples by his work.

To gather peoples for common good and pure ideas - this has been the mission of Belarusian lands during over 500 years. As you know, everything started with the word. The official Minsk has said its word to European politicians and Russian-speaking journalists.

Alexander Lukashenko at World Congress of Russian Press: Choice between rating or truth is vital