Updated at 11:30,08-12-2016

Lukashenka: Entertainment is Not Interesting. Ideology is Important

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on Monday "severely criticized both print and electronic state media outlets," according to the presidential press office.

"Mass media are not working today. As for television, there's nothing to watch both on your [channels] and, luckily for us, abroad. No one listens to radio in Belarus anymore. And they watch only music videos on TV, and even not all of them. This is all entertainment stuff, there's nothing interesting in this," he was quoted as saying at a government conference.

Mr. Lukashenka reportedly suggested that television channels should devote more attention to ideology programming and noted that local media outlets "should not sing the praises of the local authorities, and if there are facts for criticism, should not hush them up however unpleasant this may be for the authorities."