The Netherlands will speak to Moscow about the detention of NOS journalists

The Netherlands will speak to Moscow about the detention of NOS journalists
The Netherlands will speak to Moscow about the detention of NOS journalists
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Bruins Slot could not yet say what that answer would look like. The two were arrested this morning. It concerns a journalist and a cameraman from an NOS team, the broadcaster reports. Both have now been released.

Bruins Slot calls it ‘very worrying that they have been arrested’. Her ministry has close contact with the NOS. “Fortunately, they were released quite quickly. But as a journalist you just have to be able to do your job properly. Without the risk of ending up in prison.”

More arrests

In total, more than twenty journalists were reportedly arrested who were reporting on a demonstration on Red Square in the Russian capital. Military wives took to the streets to demand that their partners return from the front in Ukraine. The arrested journalists include foreign reporters from the French news agency AFP and the German magazine Der Spiegel.

There are clear international rules regarding the freedom of journalists to report, Bruins Slot emphasizes. Russia must also adhere to this.

The minister has a ‘diplomatic toolbox’ to deploy in response. For example, she could call the Russian ambassador to convey the Dutch outrage or send Dutch diplomats in Moscow with that message. “But it is also good practice that I never say too much about it in advance.”

The article is in Dutch

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