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RFE/RL Journalist Detained in Belarus

Reporter covering opposition meeting detained for three hours

Ina Studzinskaja, a freelance correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Radio Svaboda service in Belarus, was roughed up and detained by Belarus security forces on May 31, according to the broadcast organization.

Studzinskaja was in Svetlahorsk covering a meeting of opposition political leaders when she was physically prevented from filing a report via phone and then taken to a local police station. At the police station she was questioned and detained for three hours before being released, uncharged.

RFE/RL President Steven W. Korn said in a statement, “This most recent incident displays the importance of media organizations to shine a light on these abuses and to defend the rights of journalists who are targeted by authorities for simply doing their jobs.”

A release states that Radio Svaboda correspondents along with associates of groups such as Charter 97 and the newspaper Nasha Niva have been constantly harassed and in some cases detained by Belarusian authorities.