Belarusians no longer prepared to play along with Lukashenka’s flawed election
By not inviting international election observers, Lukashenka made an early statement that he would try to hold onto power no matter what. But he might have miscalculated...
The presidential election in Belarus fell well short of international standards for transparent, free and fair elections, and saw a clear attempt by the authorities to manipulate the outcome, according to independent election monitoring organisations.
Source: Radio Liberty
Between 29 April – 19 May (first monitoring period) and 3 – 23 June 2020 (second monitoring period), MEMO 98, a Slovak non-profit specialist media-monitoring organization, in cooperation with the Eurasian...
President Lukashenko has tried to play down the upcoming election as an unnecessary distraction from business as usual, but an active social media movement has shown the public is no longer prepared to go along with an alternate reality, according to a new...
V súvislosti s 2.schôdzou Výboru NR SR pre kultúru a médiá (7.4.2020), na ktorej Výbor riešil objektivitu spravodajstva RTVS a zaviazal generálneho riaditeľa RTVS o vyjadrenie, sme 21.4. z Výboru dostali odpoveď RTVS (Informácia RTVS), v ktorej televízia reagovala predovšetkým na zistenia monitoringu MEMO 98 zhrnuté v záverečnej správe z 24.marca 2020.
Stanovisko MEMO 98 k tejto Informácii, ktoré bolo súčasťou 5.schôdze Výboru (12.5.2020) venovaného objektivite spravodajstva RTVS najmä v predvolebnom období, je nižšie.
The main purpose of the monitoring was to determine if voters had ample information to make qualified choices at the ballot box and whether this information was sufficiently diverse, balanced, and of adequate quality. Since we wanted to have the most precise and fresh data on what sources people use to receive information about domestic politics, we outsourced the Focus polling agency to conduct a survey in the second half of January 2020. The results of the survey demonstrate that television continues to be the dominant source of information about domestic politics for the majority of people. Three times fewer people get information from online media (websites) and as much as six times fewer people get their information from social media. Based on the survey results, and in context with the 2020 parliamentary elections, we, therefore, decided to focus on monitoring of four nationwide TV channels, twelve selected online media as well as Facebook and Instagram.
MEMO 98 and the Slovak media regulator organized a webinar on 14 April at the participation of Google, Facebook, Twitter, Access Now, members of ERGA, representatives of the European Commission, experts on disinformation, journalists, academia, interested CSOs, donors, and others. Below is a short report reflecting the main points mentioned during the presentation and discussion as well as useful links related to the topic shared by participants.