Famous Journalist Denied Visa to Belarus

2015 2015-02-26T16:07:19+0300 2015-02-26T16:07:19+0300 en

The topic of the long-time planned seminar was journalistic investigation and work of Berlin-based CORRECT!V, among all their participation in investigation of the shooting down of the Malaysian plane over Ukraine last summer.

Unfortunately, Belarusian authorities denied visa to the journalist. “It is known that Belarusian diplomacy representatives never explain why somebody is denied entry. We personally deal with it for the first time, and we hope that this case will be the first and the last one. Journalists of state-run and non-state mass media come to our meetings. Here they have an opportunity to meet interesting speakers, discuss events, and increase their own professional level. We hope, that such opportunity will stay further,” said Yuliya Slutskaya, head of the Belarus Press Club.

The event has not been cancelled, instead it will be held in the format of a webinar on Friday, February 27, at 3pm, at TUT.by Gallery. The host of the talk will be Christine Berdynskikh, Ukrainian journalist and blogger, writing and anchoring a program for Novoye Vremya magazine.

David Crawford is a Senior Reporter at CORRECT!V.

David has reported on West German spy services, the Stasi and Al-Qaida as a freelance journalist. He worked for the Wall Street Journal as a freelancer from 2001 and an investigative correspondent from 2004. David has longstanding experience with data journalism. With the help of the Chaos Computer Club he decoded the sensitive data of the so-called “Stasi List” which was published in the taz in 1990. He later went on to report on corruption in international business. He was able to uncover dubious payments made by Dresdner Bank to the current President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. He received the “Business Journalist of the Year Award” for his coverage of the Siemens bribery scandal. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Daniel Pearl Award as a result of his research on the dismantling of democracy in Russia.