The Netherlands will speak to Russia about the arrest of a cameraman and journalist from the NOS during a demonstration in Moscow. The arrests cannot remain without a response from the Netherlands, says outgoing Foreign Minister Hanke Bruins Slot.
Bruins Slot could not say to the news agency what form the Dutch reprimand will take ANP. She calls the arrests “very worrying”.
“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.”
In total, more than twenty journalists have been arrested. There were many reporters from the French news agency AFP and also a journalist from the German magazine Der Spiegel.
According to the NOS journalists reported on a demonstration on Red Square in the Russian capital. It was held by wives of soldiers. They want their men to return from the front in Ukraine.
More than twenty journalists arrested, most of them released
The NOS reports that reporters and cameramen were taken away in arrest vans and had to show their papers at a police station. Most of them have reportedly been released by now.
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.”