The International Press Institute, called for the release of journalists

The International Press Institute (IPI) called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately release all journalists detained after the opposition rally on December 19, and for them to investigate the actions of the security forces.

It is reported website The Belarusian Association of Journalists.

As the saying goes in a joint statement by the head of press freedom IPI Anthony Mills and SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic, freedom of the press — "a fundamental right everywhere in the world", and journalists should can carry out their work without fear of arrest, assault and imprisonment.

Representatives of the IPI and SEEMO concerned about the arrest and physical assault on the Belarusian media during the campaign on December 19 after presidential election. Oliver Vujovic and Anthony Mills and ready to visit Minsk to meet with journalists and the authorities in connection with the situation after the presidential election.

Oliver Vujovic said that a particular concern is the arrest and incarceration of editor Natalia Radina and the Moscow correspondent of "Novaya Gazeta" Irina Khalip.

"For us it is important that the Belarusian journalists can work independently, professionally and freely, as well as journalists other countriesah "- Vujovic said.

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