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Belarus security raid homes of independent journalists

Some were detained

16 July, 11:56
(ANSA-AFP) - MOSCOW, JUL 16 - Security services in Belarus raided the homes of a dozen independent journalists on Friday in a continuing crackdown on media and rights groups by President Alexander Lukashenko's regime. The searches came two days after authorities raided the offices of a dozen human rights organisations and after the UN rights chief said recent moves by Belarusian authorities were "completely unacceptable". "Searches took place (at the homes of) 12 journalists, some were detained," the Belarusian Association of Journalists said in a statement. US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty was the main target of the raids, with security services raiding the homes of several of its journalists and detaining at least one.


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