MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, Latvian law enforcement detained Phillips who tried to cover the march to commemorate former members of the Latvian Legion of the Waffen SS in Riga. Prior to being arrested, Phillips, who has previously contributed reports for the RT broadcaster, publicly condemned fascism, which such events glorify.
On Wednesday evening, Phillips wrote on his Twitter page that he had been released from the police department.
Phillips has been banned from entering Latvia for three years but, according to the minister, it was decided not to blacklist Phillips after consultations with police. Kozlovskis noted that his decision to detain the journalist had an administrative, but not a political character, as Phillips had violated public order during the march.
Because the Latvian government didnt like my coverage of a pro-Nazi meeting in Riga ive been deported, banned for 3 years. Seriously.— Graham W Phillips (@GrahamWP_UK) 17 марта 2016 г.
So what are the rights of a journalist in Latvia? None at all as it turns out. Ive been deported, banned for 3 years. For nothing.— Graham W Phillips (@GrahamWP_UK) 17 марта 2016 г.
The annual Nazi veterans' march has been harshly criticized by a number of international anti-fascist organizations as well as of governments worldwide. Russian Foreign Ministry human rights ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov said earlier that the march, permitted by the Latvian authorities, violated international law and the principles of the Nuremberg trials.