Discussions on the possible accreditation in Belarus of Belsat TV are still ahead, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told reporters Tuesday in Minsk following a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart Uladzimir Makey.
Mr. Waszczykowski said “not yet” when asked by a BelaPAN correspondent whether the issue had been raised at his talks with Mr. Makey.
Messrs. Waszczykowski and Makey were expected to continue their talks after the news conference.
One day before Mr. Waszczykowski’s two-day visit to Belarus, Belsat TV, a Warsaw-based Belarusian-speaking television channel, submitted a new application for accreditation to the Belarusian foreign ministry.
As Alyaksey Minchonak, a spokesperson for the channel, told BelaPAN,
this time Belsat TV applied to the foreign ministry for granting media accreditation to seven of the satellite channel's reporters. On the previous three occasions, Belsat TV sought accreditation for its news bureau, but the applications were predictably rejected. The foreign ministry kept explaining that journalists had violated Belarusian laws while working for the channel.
While laying wreaths at the Kurapaty Stalin-era massacre site outside Minsk earlier on Tuesday, Mr. Waszczykowski said that Poland would like all media outlets to work in Belarus on an equal footing. He said he would raise the issue of Belsat TV during his talks in Minsk.
Belsat TV started broadcasting on December 10, 2007 under an agreement between Polish Public Television (TVP) and the Polish foreign ministry.
The channel describes its mission as providing “accurate and independent coverage of events in Belarus, Europe and the rest of the world.”