The chosen ones. Which of journalists work at the Belarusian-Polish border

Photo: Territorial Defense Forces of Poland / Twitter
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На русском языке: Избранные. Кто из журналистов работает на беларусско-польской границе
На беларускай мове: Абраныя. Хто з журналістаў працуе на беларуска-польскай мяжы

In the Twitter account of the Territorial Defense Forces of Poland, photos appeared in which journalists interviewing migrants are be seen. In the pictures, you can see the microphone of the Russian TV channel Rossiya, a man with a camera in military uniform and cameramen without designation. The pictures were taken from the territory of Poland.

In the commentary to the post it is written that before the interview there is training and briefing of leaders. «Every day, journalists who cynically use migrants to create their propaganda messages are brought from Belarus»,– the post says.

Since Monday, November 8, when the situation at the Belarusian-Polish border escalated and several thousand migrants from the Middle East gathered there, access to independent media for objective coverage of the situation was impossible. The first pictures from the migrant camp appeared in the tape of BelTA and the Kremlin edition of Sputnik.Belarus. They were later published by the world news agencies Reuters, AP, AFP, EPA. We remind that in the autumn of 2020, journalists of these agencies working in Belarus revoked the accreditations issued earlier by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In spring and summer of 2021, there were sweeps among independent Belarusian media: some of them were recognized as extremist, some of the editorial staff were forced to leave the country and continue working from abroad.

The chosen ones. Which of journalists work at the Belarusian-Polish border

Left to right: BelTA photojournalist Ramil Nasibulin, Sputnik.Belarus photojournalist Leonid Shcheglov, unknown / Screenshot: Halgord Omar Presse / Facebook

Among the Belarusian journalists in the migrant camp at the border, it was possible to see representatives of STV TV channel Aliaksei Golikau and Grygori Azarionak, Lyudmila Gladkaya from the publishing house Belarus Segodnya, BelTA photojournalists.

The chosen ones. Which of journalists work at the Belarusian-Polish border

Lyudmila Gladkay, correspondent of "SB. Belarus Segodnya" / Screenshot from Lyudmila Gladkaya's video

The chosen ones. Which of journalists work at the Belarusian-Polish border

Aliaksei Golikau «Blogger» of STV TV channel / Скриншот из видео

The chosen ones. Which of journalists work at the Belarusian-Polish border

Grygori Azarionak, STV TV journalist, interviews Konstantin Pridybaylo, Russia Today journalist / Скриншот из видео телеканала СТВ

Access to the migrant camp was given to pro-Kremlin Russian publications, such as the Rossiya TV channel, NTV channel, Russia Today, Sputnik.Belarus. According to the editors of, independent Russian media are also experiencing difficulties in obtaining temporary accreditation to work at the border.

From the territory of Poland, the access of journalists to the border is also difficult. In September, Poland introduced a state of emergency in the border areas, according to which the work of journalists is prohibited on the territory. On Monday, November 8, the Grand Press Foundation sent an open letter to Mateusz Morawiecki, Polish Prime Minister, calling for the media to be allowed to work in the state of emergency. «The right of citizens is access to information, and the duty of the media is the ability to control the actions of the authorities»,– the letter says.

Thus, the situation at the Belarusian-Polish border is covered only by state structures and state media, which cannot indicate the objectivity of the information provided.

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