Belarusian Information Ministry limited the presence of mass media outlets at the previously announced meeting of its representatives and Interior Ministry officials with journalists on the provision of security during protests.
Russian media are not on the list of those admitted. However, earlier, it was reported that any journalist could participate in the meeting if he/she presented the accreditation of the Foreign Ministry or editorial certificate. It later turned out that the meeting organizers in the House of Press compiled the list of around ten media outlets, mostly state-owned TV channels and editions, TASS reports.
Nearly 30 journalists representing various media outlets are currently in the lobby of the House of Press. They were not allowed to attend the meeting.
Belarus has been overwhelmed with mass protests since August 9. Thousands of people took to the streets to protest the voting results, which declared current president Alexander Lukashenko the victor of the presidential race. Lukashenko won over 80% of votes, while his main opponent Svetlana Tikhanovskaya garnered around 10%. The protests grew into clashes with militia officers. Some 6,000 people, including journalists from different countries, were detained as a result.
NEWS.ru reported earlier that Russian senator Pushkov denounced 'absurd' calls to punish Russia over Belarus.