Belarus EBU suspension to expire in three years
BTRC, the public Belarusian broadcaster will be suspended from the EBU until 2024. According to BTRC Director General Ivan Eismont, Belarus received a three year suspension from its EBU membership. This is the highest suspension a country can get from the organization.
The EBU can of course, review its sanction and reduce its term. However, the chances of this happening at this point are slim. The European Broadcaster Union suspended BTRC because of the use of the Lukashenko government to the public channel as a propaganda tool. Belarus has received international condemnation from different countries and organizations including the European Union for its response to civil protests and the deterioration of press freedom and civil liberties.
In this sense, BTRC will not return as a full member of the European Broadcasting Union until July 1, 2024. However, if the human rights and rule of law situation in the country does not improve it cannot be excluded that the current sanctions will get extended. As of now, Belarus will miss the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, 2023 and 2024. Belarus would have the chance to return to the 2024 Junior Eurovision and to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2025.
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