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NATO think-tank enrolls English-language journalists and activists overlaying Belarus – and Twitter seems the opposite approach

NATO think-tank enrolls English-language journalists and activists covering Belarus – and Twitter looks the other way


Among the high journalist-activists overlaying Belarus in English on Twitter are actually working for organizations that defend the pursuits of Western arms producers – with no disclaimer for his or her followers.

On Wednesday, the Middle for European Coverage Evaluation (CEPA) – based mostly in Warsaw, Poland and Washington, DC – introduced it was “thrilled” to welcome Tadeusz Giczan as a fellow. He has beforehand labored with NEXTA, described as “Belarus’s largest Telegram channel.” 

CEPA additional praised Giczan for doing “unbelievable work overlaying occasions in Belarus,” referring to weeks-long protests which have tried to overturn the results of the presidential election. From the very starting of the revolt towards President Alexander Lukashenko, NEXTA has brazenly sided with the demonstrators.

The London-based, Minsk-born, Polish-educated Giczan seems to be the proper match for CEPA, which “believes that the strategic theater encompassing the area between Berlin to Moscow, and from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea, represents an space very important of strategic curiosity to the USA.” 

Why, precisely, the territory claimed by the previous Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the ‘Intermarium’ undertaking championed by Warsaw between the world wars is significant to the US is rarely absolutely defined. That hasn’t stopped CEPA from receiving funding from the US State Division, regime-change specialists on the Nationwide Endowment for Democracy, weapons makers corresponding to Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Bell – or NATO, for that matter.

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Giczan is just not the one activist-journalist-expert on all issues Belarus to make the leap from social media activism to the think-tank world. Two different main voices have performed so over the previous month, touchdown at CEPA’s cousin the Eurasia Middle, a subset of the Atlantic Council.

The Atlantic Council is the pre-eminent NATO think-tank championing the concept Russia is an existential menace to Europe and the US, so as to justify NATO’s purpose for being gone its Chilly Conflict expiration date. Now it has enlisted in its ranks Hanna Liubakova and Franak Viačorka, two influential on-line voices on Belarus.

Liubakova is described as a former journalist with Outriders, an “worldwide multimedia platform” run out of Poland. Viačorka, in the meantime, contracted with the US Company for World Media – USAGM,  the official propaganda arm of the federal government in Washington – and was the “inventive director for the Belarus service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).” 

It’s unlikely this exodus to think-tank-land was pushed by Lukashenko’s authorities revoking the credentials of journalists working for Western shops, on grounds that they allegedly fomented unrest. Not the least as a result of that call got here down on August 29, 4 days after Liubakova made the leap to the Atlantic Council, and two weeks after Viačorka had performed so, on August 14.

What’s much more attention-grabbing is that they sought refuge within the arms of NATO, which claims to be totally uninvolved within the occasions in Belarus. But right here is the alliance’s narrative-shaping arm, wanting to “amplify the voices” of journalist-activists cheering on Lukashenko’s opposition.

Final however not least, whereas social media platforms like Twitter have in current weeks labeled shops like RT, Sputnik and Xinhua as “state-affiliated,” the identical customary was not utilized to British, German, French or US shops managed and funded by their governments, together with Viačorka’s former employer, USAGM.

Nor has Twitter compelled the disclosure that the “suppose tanks” now amplifying activist takes on Belarus have a direct curiosity in stoking tensions in Japanese Europe so as to increase NATO’s presence, in addition to weapons gross sales, within the area.

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