“Belarus Press Photo” albums seized at border
42 copies of the “Belarus Press Photo 2011” contest albums were seized for examination by the Belarusian customs officials at the Lithuanian border, press photographer Yulia Darashkevich reports.
“The customs officials saw there were photos in the albums and decided to detain them to check whether they contained any information that could discredit Belarus,” said Yulia Darashkevich in her interview to the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Belarus office.
Mrs. Darashkevich, who is one of the organizers of the annual contest “Belarus Press Photo”, says the albums were produced under the requirements of the law and all the customs duties for them were paid a long time ago.
“We keep part of the albums abroad, because we arrange exhibitions there. We told the customs officials that the papers certifying the transportation of the editions were already on their data base. However, they failed to verify the fact,” says Yulia Darashkevich.