Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence

Situation in Belarus: Discussion with Ms Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Photo of Gerard CraughwellGerard Craughwell (Independent) | Oireachtas source

I will not take too long. I congratulate Ms Tsikhanouskaya on coming here and on bearing witness before the committee. I noticed a clampdown on journalists is underway in Belarus now. Is that shutting down the popular press? In other words, is that clampdown allowing the regime to control all media? Is that what is happening in Belarus? If it happens to a significant level, will it close down Ms Tsikhanouskaya's campaign? I confirm that I will be very happy to communicate with prisoners, once I am pointed in the direction of where to get names and addresses. I will be very happy to write to those prisoners, as I am sure will many of my colleagues. I again thank Ms Tsikhanouskaya for being here and for returning to her second home. I sincerely hope that she will enjoy her time here.


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