Australian journalist held, equipment confiscated in Belarus
Roberts, a reporter with Australia's Special Broadcasting Service, was detained about 2 p.m. today. As far as is known, no reason was given for the arrest.
Roberts went to the country to investigate a highly sensitive subject: the mass airdrop of teddy bears into Belarus as part of a freedom of information campaign organized by a Swedish public relations firm during the summer. The stunt caused a major diplomatic row between Belarus and the European Union.
The editor of a website that was the first to post photographic proof of the operation was arrested on 18 July and held in custody for a month by the KGB. He is still under house arrest.
On 4 July, two members of the Swedish public relations agency Studio Total flew a small plane into Belarusian air space and dropped teddy bears by parachute, each carrying a miniature sign saying: "We support the Belarusian struggle for free speech."