Protest calls for Greenpeace detainee to be freed

The brother of one of those being held told the BBC: "He's kept in one cell for 23 hours a day"

Related Stories

A silent protest was held outside the Russian embassy in London and a petition was handed in demanding the immediate release of video journalist Kieron Bryan.

Mr Bryan, from Peckham, London, was among 30 people arrested after Russian security forces boarded a Greenpeace ship on 18 September.

The 29-year-old has been charged with hooliganism.

His brother Russell said Kieron was "confused and angry".

Kieron, originally from Devon, is one of six Britons being held in a prison in Murmansk.

Speaking to BBC News, his brother said: "We feel and he feels that he shouldn't be there, he's a freelance journalist not a Greenpeace activist.

"He goes through some positive moments when he hears from family and friends through letters and he also has his dark times. He spends 23 hours in a cell presumably on his own.

Start Quote

It is absolutely vital that the Russians understand that Kieron is a freelance journalist, not an activist”

End Quote NUJ

"It's scary for all of us, it's terrifying."

'Seven years'

Journalists and supporters of the Free Kieron campaign held a silent protest outside the Russian embassy, in Gee Street.

The National Union of Journalists(NUJ), which helped to organise the campaign, said the situation was "unacceptable".

An NUJ spokesman said: "After first being charged with piracy, he's now facing trial for hooliganism. This is unacceptable. He's facing up to seven years in jail for simply doing his job. He must be freed immediately.

"It is absolutely vital that the Russians understand that Kieron is a freelance journalist, not an activist."

A petition signed by 1,400 journalists, including national newspaper editors, calling for his release was given to staff at the Russian embassy.

Those taking part in the protest covered their mouths with tape while the protest was held.

On Monday the Netherlands took the case of the Dutch-flagged ship and its crew to the UN tribunal based in Hamburg which adjudicates on disputes arising out of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Earlier, the Russian foreign ministry released a statement pointing out that Moscow had opted out of UN Law of the Sea dispute procedures in 1997.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was providing consular assistance to those held and were in touch with Russian authorities but couldn't release any details regarding the legal situation in Russia.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

Weather

London

20 °C 12 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    Olympics' architect to get honorary degree 09:20:

    Award-winning architect Dame Zaha Hadid is to receive an Honorary Degree from Goldsmiths, University of London in September.

    Dame Zaha designed the Aquatics Centre at the London 2012 Olympics site.

     
  2.  
    Hospital 'must improve' 09:09:

    Emergency and end-of-life care need to be improved at the North Middlesex University Hospital, the Care Quality Commission has said.

    North Middlesex University Hospital North Middlesex University Hospital will be unable to get foundation status until its grade improves

    It rated the hospital as "requires improvement" but praised its surgery, children's and maternity care. The hospital's trust welcomed the report, saying it had just been through a period of "massive change".

     
  3.  
    News on the hour 08:58: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    Figures released today show violent offences committed on the London Tube and the DLR has gone up almost 10% compared to a year ago.

    British Transport Police Chief Constable Paul Crowther gives his verdict in the 0900 bulletin.

     
  4.  
    On air 08:49: Vanessa Feltz Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    The United States says it tried and failed to rescue the murdered American journalist James Foley. British intelligence services are working to identify his killer, who spoke with an English accent.

    I'll have more from 09:00.

     
  5.  
    Crystal Palace successor 08:40:

    Malky Mackay is no longer in contention to succeed Tony Pulis as Crystal Palace boss after misconduct allegations were made by his former club, Cardiff City.

    Malky Mackay Malky Mackay is out of contention after misconduct allegations

    The Welsh club have sent a dossier to the Football Association outlining their claims against the Scot.

     
  6.  
    Signal failures 08:32:

    There are severe delays on London Overground on routes to Stratford, Richmond and Clapham Junction because of an earlier signal failure at Gunnersbury.

    There are problems on the Tube too following a signal failure at Rayners Lane. Piccadilly Line has minor delays between Acton Town and Uxbridge while the Metropolitan Line also has minor delays between Harrow on the Hill and Uxbridge.

     
  7.  
    Roads closed 08:23:

    In Southall, the A4020 Uxbridge Road remains closed between Woodlands Road and Townsend Road while police investigate a fatal stabbing.

    In the A503 Seven Sisters Road remains closed southbound from St Ann's Road to Amhurst Park for ongoing repairs to a water main. Get the latest travel information on BBC London Travel News or on Twitter @BBCTravelAlert.

     
  8.  
    Top stories
     
  9.  
    Dry and cool day 08:09:

    A fine, dry and cool start to the day, with plenty of sunshine.

    But cloud will push in from the north-west during the afternoon and evening with the possibility of the odd shower tonight. Highs of 19C (66F).

    BBC London weather
     
  10.  
    08:00: Rebecca Cafe BBC News

    Good morning, I'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from London today for BBC Local Live.

    You can also send your news, pictures and comments to locallive@bbc.co.uk.

     

Features

  • Baby being handed overFraught world

    The legal confusion over UK surrogate births


  • Bad resultsBlame game

    The best excuses to use when exam results don't make the grade


  • Welsh flagDragon's den

    Why Wales will make its own mind up on independence


  • Police respond to a shooting in Santa MonicaTrigger decision

    What really happens before a police officer fires his gun?


Elsewhere on BBC News

  • Pulling a pint in MauritiusThe beer hunter

    One man's quest to bring artisan beer to the island of Mauritius

Programmes

  • Traffic lightsClick Watch

    From hacking cars to traffic lights - behind the scenes at a cyber-security conference

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.