‘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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