Dateline has a story the Belarussian Government didn’t want you to see...
To challenge what’s dubbed the last dictatorship in Europe, a maverick advertising company in Sweden set about a provocative stunt to illegally cross the border by plane and drop almost 800 teddy bears carrying pro-democracy messages.
After filming the story, video journalist Amos Roberts had his camera equipment confiscated by the authorities; others who tried to make it public were arrested; and the Belarussian Government denied for three weeks that the teddy drop had even happened.
But undeterred, Amos brings Dateline the story behind the audacious protest and the cover-up that followed, and looks at the conditions faced by people living under the iron rule of Alexander Lukashenko since 1994.
WATCH - Click to see his story.
BLOG - Amos writes about his experience being detained in Belarus and how he was able to complete his story despite having his equipment confiscated.
EXTRA - Follow the links on the right-hand side of the page to look at some of the worldwide media coverage of the teddy bear protest, including reports on Amos's detention in Belarus.
On air: 23rd October 2012