EU concerned over detention of Polish journalist in Belarus

The EU has voiced deep concern over the detention of a Polish journalist during his journey to the EU Delegation to Belarus in Minsk.

A statement by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the Union, called the detention of Andrzej Poczobut, correspondent of the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, “yet another example of ongoing human rights violations conducted by the authorities in Belarus since the presidential elections on 19 December 2010.”

The statement said “the EU strongly condemns all harassment, arrests, and intimidation of representatives of the Belarusian independent media as well as violations of the fundamental human rights such as freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and freedom of the media.”

The EU urged the Belarusian authorities “to end at once the prosecution of independent journalists for slander or other politically-motivated charges” and “cooperate fully with the OSCE representative on Freedom of the Media.” (ENPI Info Centre)


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