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10 November 2021, 11:04

Polish FM advises Polish journalists to go to Belarus to cover crisis on border

MINSK, 10 November (BelTA) - Polish journalists can go to Belarus and cover the migration crisis at the border from there, Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Piotr Wawrzyk said on the air of TVN24 by, the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita reports.

A state of emergency has been imposed in 183 cities of the Podlyaskie Province and Lublin Province of Poland over the migration crisis. Because of this journalists are not allowed to the region. Monika Olejnik, host of TVN24, told Piotr Wawrzyk that mass media should have the right to report on what is happening at the border. In response, the deputy head of the Polish Foreign Ministry advised journalists to go to Belarus and make reports from there.

"Nothing prevents your editor or any other journalist from going to Belarus and reporting from there. If you are not satisfied with the fact that the border has been closed or if you believe that you are limited in your activities, then you can report from the other side," Piotr Wawrzyk said.

The deputy foreign minister also noted that the government would have to assign military personnel to protect journalists. "This, in turn, will distract officers from their duty, which is to protect the border," Piotr Wawrzyk said.

The official also accused Polish journalists of escalating the situation with migrants at the border. "I think (and I would like to emphasize that this is my interpretation) that what you have been doing in recent weeks has contributed, to some extent, to this situation, this escalation," the politician said.

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