Dunja Mijatovic, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, today condemned the arrest and beating of Belarusian and foreign journalists during a protest in Minsk on December 19.
"Violence against the media is not allowed. Militia should help reporters that transmit information from a place of public events, and not to beat and intimidate them razbivats their equipment and imprison them. I urge the authorities to immediately release all detained journalists" — said Ms. Mijatovic.
"Although elections was a record number of accredited journalists and their working conditions were improved, the brutal attitude to the media by the police after the elections destroyed the assessment of progress "- said the representative of the OSCE.