Minister of Culture will meet with Belarusian journalists accredited in Lithuania

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2021 05 24

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In response to the incident yesterday, when journalist Raman Pratasevich was arrested after Alexander Lukashenko’s regime took over and forced an airplane to land in Minsk, the Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys is inviting Belarusian journalists accredited in Lithuania to join a meeting.

According to the minister, this unprecedented event, which broke the principles of not only international law but also freedom of the press, human rights, and morality, demands not only a strict international response but also solidarity with the Belarussian people, who are suffering from the regime’s oppression. For this reason, the minister of culture is inviting Belarusian journalists working in Lithuania to a meeting in order to express his support to them and discuss their further safe professional activities that would uphold the principles of independence.

“We would like to once again clearly confirm to the Belarusian journalists working in Lithuania that we ensure the upholding of the principles specified in the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania as well as international documents and we defend both the public’s right to know and the media’s right to carry out its mission. I invite Belarusian journalists to a meeting in order to, first of all, hear from them first-hand on how we can help them and the entire process of ensuring the freedom of the press and informing of the public”, the Minister of Culture Simonas Kairys said.     

The minister of culture will also discuss the situation of the arrest of Belarusian activist and journalist Raman Pratasevich during his meeting with the Media Council.

The Constitution prohibits censorship and monopolization of public communication measures, ensures freedom of self-expression and sets the boundaries of exercising the freedom of self-expression. The Ministry of Culture, as the government-authorized institution in the field of public information, seeks to ensure the upholding of principles specified in the Constitution as well as international and EU documents and to provide the conditions for media diversity, quality, and the independence and transparency of public information processes.

In the implementation and coordination of state policy on public information, the Ministry of Culture cooperates with the institutions that operate in the field of public information and conduct supervision on it as well as with other participants of public information sector.