On October 1, 2011, Natasha Lennard, then a freelancer for the New York Times, was arrested covering the Occupy Wall Street protests. Her arrest was just one of many arrests of journalists that have occurred since Occupy Wall Street started.
These arrests sparked a widespread outcry about the sanctity of journalists. Among the parties that expressed their concern was Europe’s last remaining autocracy Belarus. Belarus took the matter to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. This prompted Hillary Clinton to issue the statement below: