Swedish journalists denied Belarusian visas

2012 2012-09-22T13:40:59+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/zabaronena.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Swedish journalists were denied Belarusian visas after arriving at Minsk-2 international airport last evening.

The journalists were expected to cover the parliamentary elections and had agreed in advance on receiving accreditation from the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A representative of the MFA told the journalists they could receive visas and accreditation IDs upon their arrival at the airport. However, the journalists were denied visas by an official of the Belavia flag carrier, who suggested returning home via Riga.

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