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The Olympic Games should not be broadcast on channels that televise torture

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Belarusian state-owned television companies and media outlets that broadcast torture should be barred from broadcasting the 2020 Olympic Games.

In a situation where the Belarusian authorities are depriving its citizens of freedom of speech and illegally persecuting independent journalists, Belarusian state television companies and media engage in torture by covering confessions obtained under duress. Some TV programs contain video recordings of interrogations, torture, justification of violence and incitement of ethnic, religious and other social hatred. Roman Protasevich’s interview on the ONT channel, as well as his participation in the press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, is an example.

The National Anti-Crisis Management (NAM) and the Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation call on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS) and the Tokyo Games Organizing Committee to deny Belarusian state TV channels and other state media the right to broadcast the Olympic Games. Such a major tournament cannot be televised by companies associated with torture and other repressions of the Lukashenka regime.

We have already started negotiations with representatives of the Japanese government. The NAM insists on the inadmissibility of granting the National State TV and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus the right to broadcast the Olympic Games.

Belarusians will not be left without the Olympics because the IOC, using its technical capabilities, can organize free Internet broadcasting exclusively for Belarusians, bypassing national television, or transfer the rights to broadcast to the Belsat channel.

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