A special council uniting the heads of the state-run mass media will be created at the Belarusian State University, BelTA reports. They will supervise the training of journalists at the educational institution, Aliaksandr Lukashenka stated at a meeting with research and teaching staff on 9 February.
Lukashenka drew particular attention to the BSU journalism department and said that journalists should be oriented on “real life”.
“We intend to have our journalism face real life. Journalists should be guided to see what will happen tomorrow, the day after tomorrow and so on. It is very important that this process is bilateral,” he said.
According to Lukashenka, the issue of training journalists should be the responsibility of media managers. For this purpose, a special council will be created at BSU to include them in the process. Lukashenka pointed out that journalists should primarily be patriots.
“The council members will thus observe your journalists and teachers, convey the crucial needs in the field of journalism, and assist in all matters. That’s why the creation of this symbiosis was commissioned. We have to work with them to make sure they are patriots of our country above all else,” Lukashenka stressed.
Aliaksandr Lukashenka explained that he pays such attention to the media because it is a battleground.
“It so happens that the media and journalists are now at the forefront of this struggle. The media – from the Internet to the traditional printed media – is a battlefield. Without fighters – reliable, capable, headstrong, intelligent – we will not win this war,” Lukashenka shared his concern.