Johnson warns Belarus over ‘distressing’ video of seized journalist

Johnson warns Belarus over ‘distressing’ video of seized journalist
‘As a journalist and a passionate believer in freedom of speech I call for his immediate release’

UK Prime Minster Boris Johnson has warned that the treatment by Belarus of a captured journalist and prominent government critic “will have consequences.”

Roman Protasevich was on board a Ryanair flight travelling from Athens to Vilnius on Sunday when it was forced to change course and land in Minsk, the Belarus capital a reported bomb scare, escorted by a fighter jet.

Citing his time as a journalist, Mr Johnson tweeted: “The video of Roman Protasevich makes for deeply distressing viewing.

He added: “As a journalist and a passionate believer in freedom of speech I call for his immediate release.

“Belarus’ actions will have consequences.”

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