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REASONS FOR THE “ANTI-SECTARIAN” PROPAGANDA ON RUSSIAN TV CHANNELS EXPLAINED BY ANATOLY PCHELINTSEV

REASONS FOR THE “ANTI-SECTARIAN” PROPAGANDA ON RUSSIAN TV CHANNELS EXPLAINED BY ANATOLY PCHELINTSEV

Anatoly Pchelintsev, Editor-in Chief of Religion and Law magazine, shared his views on the reasons for the abundance of “anti-sectarian” broadcasts aired by Russian TV channels.

Anatoly Pchelintsev, who is also the Honorable Lawyer of Russia and a member of the Board of Experts of the Committee for the Affairs of Public Associations and Religious Organizations of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, wrote on his Facebook page that such broadcasts create an artificial enemy image in order to divert the attention of public from the pressing problems, Alive Faith Media reports.

One of the facts attesting to the protracted social and economic crisis faced by Russia was the intensive anti-sectarian propaganda on the state-run TV channels that manifested itself in the last two weeks of November. The worse the economic situation, the greater is the number of the TV programs with negative stance. An enemy image is required so that the viewers could come to the perception of the source of their problems and the justification for their union against such source. This was also the case in 1998 and 2008 crises when the authorities attempted, at least partially, to turn public criticism away from them and thus evade any responsibility for their faults. The present is very reminiscent of the recent past. Nothing has changed at all. The measures taken are the same. Mass media spawn lies and juggle with facts. I presume that this is not the end…", wrote Pchelintsev.

Let us remind you that in late November a whole wave of “anti-sectarian” broadcasts swept the Russian TV channels. Some human rights activists have already expressed their opinions of this fact stating that due to the lack of religious knowledge among the public such programs may create excessive tension in the society, as well as provoke threats to the life and health of the members of the religious associations that are outside the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.

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