Belarus Sets Up Media Council to Monitor Election Coverage

Text of report in English by Belarusian privately-owned news agency Belapan

Minsk, 1 August: The Central Electoral Commission, at its Thursday [31 May] meeting, formed a "supervisory council" to monitor media coverage of the ongoing parliamentary campaign.

Private media outlets were not granted representation on the council, whose line-up changed little compared with the 2004 parliamentary elections, the 2006 presidential election and the 2007 local elections.

The council is authorized to provide advice to the media and recommend actions against violations by candidates of laws governing campaigning in the media.

The council also will handle disputes regarding media coverage that may arise during the campaign.

The council includes First Deputy Information Minister Liliya Ananich; Tatstsyana Byalova, director of the public press centre of the House of the Press; Mikhail Lyabedzik, first deputy editor of the government-controlled newspaper Sovetskaya Belorussiya; Ala Ryzhkevich, deputy director of the Television News Agency of the Belarusian State Television and Radio Company; Pyotr Ramanchuk, deputy director of the Belarusian First National Radio Channel; Ryhor Sakalowski, first deputy chairman of the pro-government Belarusian Union of Journalists; and Mikalay Shloma, editor in chief of the government newspaper Minskaya Prawda.

Originally published by Belapan news agency, Minsk, in English 1531 1 Aug 08.



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