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Lukashenko stresses growing responsibility of politicians, journalists for public word

MINSK (BelTA) – The responsibility of politicians and journalists for the public word has grown considerably, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the opening of the plenary meeting of the 19th World Congress of Russian Press in Minsk on 12 July, BelTA has learned.

“Of course, those vested with the authority to make decisions in the name of and for the benefit of people are fully integrated in the information flows. Words have an immense influence on us, country leaders. In this context, the responsibility of both politicians and journalists for the public word has grown considerably,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

“It is obvious that today not everything depends on politicians, heads of state. Mass media do not just cover events. Mass media have always been called the fourth power. However, considering the influence they have on the society, we can talk about a more significant role today,” the Belarusian leader stressed.

Alexander Lukashenko noted that the media write the history of present days, give an overview of events and developments, and create a picture of the world. “This is why professionalism and civic responsibility of members of the media are of immense importance. Of course, the readers want sensations. Newspapers, TV channels, internet publications, especially today, survive to a great extent thanks to scandals frequently produced by themselves. Meanwhile, such an approach can eventually cost them a lot,” the head of state said.

The Belarusian leader said that politicians, public figures, government officials, and journalists are equally responsible for their choices. “Even if we make mistakes, we should acknowledge them to prevent conflicts and protect the peaceful course of life. Unfortunately, sometimes conflicts arise when someone makes hasty moves, gives in to sensations and conceals the essence of the problem,” Alexander Lukashenko said.