Belarus: Journalist assaulted and detained by authorities

Belarusian authorities assaulted and interrogated Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reporter Ina Studzinskaja while she was covering a meeting of opposition activists and local residents outside the capital Minsk last week. Studzinskaja, a correspondent with RFE/RL’s Belarusian Service Radio Svaboda, was detained by police and security agents for three hours on May 31 while on assignment in Svetlahorsk. She told RFE/RL that a policeman grabbed and twisted her arm, and she was then taken to a local police station, where she was interrogated. No charges were brought against the reporter.