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Belarusian International Media Forum

The Belarusian International Media Forum has been held in Belarus annually since 2006, with financial support from the Standing Committee of the Union State and the CIS Interstate Humanitarian Co-operation Fund.

  • 2006 — Partnership for the Future: Mass Media as a Factor in Preventing Threats and Challenges of the 21st Century (held with CSTO support, with the participation of its Secretary-General, Nikolai Bordyuzha);
  • 2007 — Partnership for the Future: Social Responsibility of Mass Media;
  • 2008 — Partnership for the Future: Mass Media in an Era of Globalisation: Topical Aspects (held with the support of the International Eurasian Movement);
  • 2009 — Partnership for the Future: Mass Media in Times of Global Economic Crisis. Formation of Public Social Systems (held with the support of the OSCE Office in Minsk);
  • 2010 — The Republic of Belarus: Partnership for the Future;
  • 2011 — Partnership for the Future: Patriotism, Spirituality, Unity;
  • 2012 — Partnership for the Future: Models of a New Age;
  • 2013 — Partnership for the Future: Historical and Cultural Heritage as Factors of Unity;
  • 2014 — Partnership for the Future: Realities of a Global World; and
  • 2015 — Partnership for the Future: the Legacy of the Great Victory.

Over the years, Media Forum participants have included authoritative political scientists and experts, such as the Editor-in-Chief of the Caucasian Policy Internet Portal and a member of the Presidential Council of the Russian Federation on International Relations, M. Shevchenko; the Director of the Institute of Globalisation Problems, M. Delyagin; the Head of the Centre for International Journalism of Russia Today MIA, V. Krasheninnikova; and the President of Neocon company of expert advice, M. Khazin. Also featured have been such famous journalists as the Dean of the High School of TV at the MSU (named after M. Lomonosov), V. Tretyakov; an Honoured Worker of Culture of Russia and a host for Tsentr VT Channel, L. Mlechin; the President of the International Academy of Television and Radio, A. Lysenko; the First Deputy General Director of ITAR-TASS, M. Gusman; and political commentator and TV host A. Gurnov.

Traditionally, heads of leading media, from the CIS, the Baltic States and beyond (over twenty countries) attend the BIM Forum. Among them this year was the General Director of the International Kazinform Information Agency (Kazakhstan), D. Diyarov, the General Director of the Trend Agency of International Information (Azerbaijan), I. Guseinov, and the Editor-in-Chief of ‘Mir i Politika’ (World and Politics) magazine, acting member of the Russian Academy of Military Sciences, E. Galumov.

As a result of media forums, foreign media publishers and broadcasters are contributing to strengthening Belarus’ image as a dynamic and socially-oriented state.

 

 

10th Belarusian International Media Forum — Partnership for the Future: Legacy of Great Victory

From June 7th-10th, 2015, Minsk hosted the 10th Belarusian International Media Forum, Partnership for the Future: Legacy of Great Victory. It was organised by Belarus’ Information Ministry, the Standing Committee of the Union State, and the CIS Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Co-operation, with support from Belarus’ Foreign Ministry, Minsk City Executive Committee, the Minsk Regional Executive Committee and Brest Regional Executive Committee.

The Belarusian International Media Forum traditionally acts as a platform for the exchange of views, helping develop new ideas. It allows consolidation of efforts by the international press community, and by experts from various disciplines, extending partnerships, improving interstate integration processes, and creating a common humanitarian space within the CIS.

The 2015 BIM Forum marked the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory: a landmark for former USSR countries, and the wider world. It recognised Belarus’ special peacekeeping role within a complex geopolitical situation, presenting Belarus as a sovereign state conducting an open and honest policy, adhering to principles of good neighbourliness, peace and understanding. It also focused public attention on the importance of preserving historical memories, consolidating the expert-media community in confronting modern challenges and threats.
Media executives, prominent political scientists, and experts from the CIS and beyond were invited. Overall, more than twenty states were represented, with over 400 participants in attendance.

Major events within the Media Forum included: a plenary session of thematic panel discussions (June 8th, 2015, at the National Library of Belarus state establishment); a Summer School of Journalism, with master classes run by leading foreign and Belarusian journalists (June 9th, 2015, at the BSU Institute of Journalism); and the ‘Unconquered Belarus’ project, with visits to the Belarusian Great Patriotic War History Museum (June 7th, 2015), Brest Fortress Memorial Complex, and Chatyń (Khatyn) Memorial Complex (June 9th-10th, 2015).