BELARUS – Following the voices against the Belarusian participation in Eurovision 2021, Noel Curran the Director-General of the European Broadcasting Union responded by calling the national broadcaster to:
“…defend professional journalistic values and to ensure citizens have access to information that enables them to hear a plurality of views and form their own independent judgments. I would like to stress that the Eurovision Song Contest is a music competition with no political agenda. We consistently and vigorously resist attempts for this cultural event to be instrumentalised for political ends.”
CEO of the Belarusian Culture Solidarity Foundation, Siarhei Budkin replied to the letter:
“If the European Broadcasting Union is “independent from politics”, then how can it include an organisation that has repeatedly violated human rights and international law?”
Belarusian Foundation for Cultural Solidarity initiated a campaign to ban BTRC from the EBU, following the recent political rise up against the almost eternal president of the country, his policies, and his team corruption…
A social media hashtag #stopbt has been launched by the organization and has asked people to contact the EBU on social media and email demanding that BTRC is removed from the Εurovision Song Contest 2021 as well.
Probably nothing will happen (once again) as Belarusian money seems to be much more precious for the EBU rather than democratic procedures (and some of us know what means when it comes to BTRC and Eurovision!)
Opposition leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya will lead the crusade of abolishing BTRC from Eurovision 2021 during her EU foreign ministers meeting.
According to her due to financial benefits that BTRC receives from ad revenue, the high ratings of the Eurovision Song Contest and the prestige it brings to BTRC, the corrupted (according to her) government has earnings.
“The Eurovision broadcast is a great reason for BTRC to raise its rating and make money from advertisers. Employees of state TV channels receive awards for their contribution to covering up crimes. I support the initiative of the Belarusian Foundation for Cultural Solidarity and will demand to exclude Belteleradiocompany from the European Broadcasting Union. As in the case of the ice hockey championship, I will talk about this with the EU foreign ministers. And I believe that together we will prove again: no one in the civilised world will cooperate with criminals.”