On the 11th of December, Raul Rebane published an opinion article’s investigation on the „Image of the European Union and its Eastern nation partners in the Russian media“ in which in his summation he recommended ending the purchasing of airtime on the PBK channel by the City of Tallinn.
The topic that brought forward the Tallinn City budget, showing the entries of bank transfers for air time purchases on the Russian propaganda channel PBK, had dozens of larger and smaller opinion leaders participating in a carrousel of discussions.
Individuals who spoke against purchasing airtime on the PBK channel for example were President Kersti Kaljulaid, Sergei Metlev, Urmas Sutrop, Rainer Vakra, Erik Niiles Kross, Raivo Aeg, Ilmar Raag, Anvar Samost, Janek Luts, Helir Valdor Seeder, Swedbank, LHV, Marti Aavik, Ivan Makarov. The reason for this was given in a very wide spectrum
However the justification for ordering material on the PBK channel has been, for example given by Toomas Alatalu, Vsevolod Jürgenson, Taavi Aas, PBK director Anton Blinov, PBK representatives Margus Merima, Jevgeni Ossnovski, Jüri Ratas, Pavel Ivanov, Vadim Belobrovtsev.
A wide spectrum of opinions were presented and discussions were held on issues such as:
who should order airtime on the PBK channel
who should advertise on the PBK channel
whether private companies should order advertising on the PBK channel
whether ETV+ has succeeded
should ETV+ and Tallinn TV merge
whether the PBK channel undermines Estonia’s security, which would result in the banning of the PBK channel
how the content of the PBK channel affects its viewers
whether the PBK channel is really media
whether ETV+ should broadcast shows from the PBK channel
whether ETV+ is anti-propaganda
should the population remain uninformed due to PBK channel’s bias broadcasting
As the list of topics shows, the discussion was extremely wide reaching, drifting from the original theme of Raul Rebane and bringing in the not involved TV channels, ETV+ and Tallinn TV (which moreover is still an Estonian language channel)
According to Propastop, the debate about the role of Kremlin propaganda channels in Estonia is very important and the blog is pleased that this kind of discussion in the press has gone on in such a big way. We think that all of the thoughts and focuses are worthwhile with the following two questions:
We hope that the discussion that has started at this time will be a genuine step forward in the management of propaganda channels and will not only be limited to the publishing of opinions. By the way, we also have a good idea on ways to curb it.
Photo: outtakes from PBK and 1TV’s home page.