20 Jun 2018 Lvl. 1
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Alert created on: 20 Jun 2018 Belgium

Journalists Himad Messoudi and Julien Vlassenbroek Detained and their Equipment Confiscated

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CategoryDetention and imprisonment of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ EBU
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On 20 June 2018, the police ordered the journalists Himad Messoudi and Julien Vlassenbroek working for the French-speaking Belgian radio and television (RTBF) and their team (three technicians, all of them staff of RTBF) to stop filming a police operation targeting protesters opposed to the detention centre for persons illegally resident in Belgium. According to the journalist’s live testimony on the public channel’s television news, which was transmitted from inside a van thanks to a smartwatch, they were deprived of their liberty and their equipment was confiscated by the police while they were exercising their duties as journalists. Later on 20 June, Mr. Messoudi announced on his twitter account that the crew was released by the police. RTBF assessed their detention as an “unjustified restriction of the right to report”.
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