Plain Clothed Strangers Demanded from Czech Journalist to Erase Video Materials

2004 2004-10-16T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

RFE/RL informs, strangers in civil clothes demanded from Czech journalist Miroslav Karas to erase his video tape. Miroslav Karas is a reporter of Czech TV, accredited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to cover Belarusian referendum and parliamentary elections.
The incident occurred near the building of Central Election Commission after the journalist recorded an interview with BPF member Ales Mikhalevich. Registration of the BPF candidate was cancelled a couple of days before the Election Day. According to Miroslav Karas, strangers who did not introduce themselves did not allow him to video tape the CEC building, took him inside and demanded to erase the recorded material. Miroslav Karas refused to execute their orders. They let him go only when he stated he would apply to Czech Embassy for assistance.

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