Police arrest NRT reporter in Belarus

NRT reporter Zhyan Ali (NRT Digital Media)

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SULAIMANI — NRT reporter Zhyan Ali was arrested by Belarusian police on Monday (November 22) in Minsk National Airport and all of her journalistic equipment was taken from her.

The reporter was attempting to reach the country’s border with Poland in order to cover the ongoing migrant crisis at the Belarus-Poland border.

Many of the migrants trying to reach the European Union from Belarus are Kurds and NRT as a Kurdish network has covered the issue since the beginning of the situation.

Reporters Without Borders in its world press freedom index called Belarus "the most dangerous country in Europe for media personnel.”

Police in Poland have prevented journalists from accessing the area on the Polish side of the border.

(NRT Digital Media)