The transfer comes nearly three weeks after Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected in a controversial presidential election, resulting in mass protests from those that contest the outcomes. The BBC confirmed in an announcement to CNN that two journalists working for its Russian service in Minsk have had their press licenses taken away with rapid impact. Charlotte Morgan, the BBC’s Head of Communications, informed CNN: “We condemn within the strongest potential phrases this stifling of impartial journalism.”We name upon the Belarusian authorities to revoke this determination and permit our journalists to proceed doing their jobs,” Morgan added. The assertion additionally stated that the British broadcaster believes it’s “very important” that Belarusians can entry “neutral, impartial data” about what is occurring of their nation. In one other transfer in opposition to press freedom, the Belarusian authorities detained nearly 50 journalists earlier this week, in accordance with the BAJ. Responding to the arrests, British International Secretary Dominic Raab stated on Twitter: “I condemn the mass detention of over 50 journalists final night time in Belarus, together with from @BBC, native & worldwide media.” Raab described the transfer as a “blatant try” to intervene with the press and referred to as on Belarus to cease its concentrating on of journalists. Of the journalists that had been detained, all besides 4, who refused handy over their telephones, had been later launched. On Friday, Josep Borrell, the EU’s Excessive Consultant for International Affairs, reiterated that the bloc “doesn’t acknowledge the results of the election” and criticized the way in which the federal government’s crackdown on pro-democracy supporters. “We as soon as once more specific our full assist to Belarus’ sovereignty and independence and condemn the violent repression of the Belarusian folks,” Borrell stated. He additionally confirmed that the EU will sanction a number of officers in Belarus for his or her alleged function within the “fraudulent” presidential election and within the subsequent clampdown in opposition to protesters. “This designation shall embrace people on the excessive political stage,” Borrell stated. CNN’s James Frater contributed to this report.