Belarus journalist confesses in TV interview

Belarus's state television has aired an interview of a dissident journalist where he "confessed to organizing actions that could disrupt social order."

Roman Protasevich was detained by Belarusian authorities last month after a commercial plane he was on board was diverted and forced to land at an airport in the capital Minsk.

The international community has criticized the move by President Alexander Lukashenko's administration and called for the release of the journalist.

On Thursday, the country's state television broadcast Protasevich's interview that lasted for about 90 minutes.

The footage showed him talking about his calls for protests following the presidential election held last August.

He stated in the interview it's no wonder people call him a traitor but he doesn't mind that. He also expressed respect for Lukashenko.

His father Dmitry Protasevich told the AFP news agency that the video was the result of abuse, torture and threats.

He said they broke his son and forced him to say what was needed.