On July 23, Aleksandr Lukashenko, president of Belarus, expressed frustration with the way officials in his administration and government ministries have been handling hard-hitting media coverage of opposition protests in the country since May.
Lukashenko said his administration, press secretary and ministries have been doing nothing to stop the “dirt-spitting” press.
“We are the landlords of this country! So do your duties, if you can’t just say so, others will do the job!” he said in a video meeting with the officials.
Lukashenko then scolded Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, who stood and listened with his head down.
“In the foreign ministry everybody just sits and waits for the president’s orders! Why do you tolerate them? You’ve accredited them here, so don’t wait for an end of the election campaign, expel them!” Lukashenko said.
That was after claiming the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) “go beyond biased reporting” and “call for mass riots.”
That claim is false.