Journalists of a number of media have not been accredited to the Ice Hockey World Championship which takes place in Minsk. According to journalists who described the situation to the Belarusian Association of Journalists, they had applied for accreditation in due time, but eventually got apologies and denials.
BAJ spokesperson Barys Haretski: “Radio Liberty, BBC, European Radio, correspondent office of NTV and a number of other media working in Belarus have not received accreditation to the ice hockey championship. In most cases, the refusal was motivated by the fact that the International Ice Hockey Federation which was in charge of accreditation gave privilege to the specialized sports media.”
At the same time, according to the sport journalists, they saw even students of the Belarusian State University with badges of international accreditation on the stands of the ice hockey championship. These students do not represent any media at all.