Belarus bars, blacklists Lithuanian TV correspondent
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||24 August 2011|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Belarus bars, blacklists Lithuanian TV correspondent, 24 August 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e5cdbee1e.html [accessed 13 July 2014]|
August 24, 2011
Belarus has denied entry to a Lithuanian television journalist after blacklisting the longtime Minsk correspondent.
Journalist Ruta Lankininkaite said that at the border she was told she was "persona non grata and my visa was annulled."
Lankininkaite, who had accreditation from Belarus until 2012, said she thought her reports about opposition activities in Belarus were the reason for the move.
Lithuania's Foreign Ministry said it would summon Belarus's ambassador, Uladzimer Drazhin, "to explain the incident."
Lithuania recently turned Belarus's deputy justice minister away at the border after finding her on a list of persons banned from entering the European Union due to the bloc's sanctions against Minsk.
compiled from agency reports