Physical attacks and harassment of journalists in Xinjiang and Guangdong

first_img Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Follow the news on China News News September 9, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Physical attacks and harassment of journalists in Xinjiang and Guangdong ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more According the latest Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China survey of its members, at least 32 foreign journalists were physically attacked or suffered destruction of photos or equipment in the 12 months following the August 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. There were also 21 cases of Chinese assistants being intimidated and 23 cases of their being summoned for questioning.Chinese citizens who speak to foreign journalists are also more exposed than in the past. According to the FCCC, there were more than 80 incidents involving sources. See the report in full: http://www.fccchina.org/2009/08/06/results-of-july-membership-survey/ At least four journalists have been physically attacked by security guards or police in the past eight days in China. Chinese, Hong Kong and foreign journalists have been the victims of violence and harassment.“The authorities will be hard put to rein in the disturbing rise in cases of violence against the press unless those responsible are dealt with in an appropriately firm manner,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The climate of social and ethnic tension in Xinjiang and the rest of the country do not justify such attacks, which seem to be acts of censorship, targeting investigative journalists above all. The excuses of the local authorities are clearly not sufficient.”Guangzhou Daily reporter Liu Manyuan was hospitalised after being attacked and beaten by two municipal security guards in the industrial city of Dongguan (in the southeastern province of Guangdong) on 31 August.In an interview for a Guangzhou TV station (http://info.smgbb.cn/zixun/shehui/2009-09-03/304286.html), Liu said he was about to take photos at a murder scene in the Dongguan district of Humen when he was ordered to leave by uniformed guards acting at the behest of a superior. He was then thrown to the ground and beaten for about 10 minutes, sustaining multiple bruising to the neck and arms. None of the many onlookers intervened.A local official said the incident was due to a “lack of training” of the security forces, especially in legal matters. Reporting that the two guards had been dismissed and fined 500 yuan, Dongguan Daily said it was the third case of violence against journalists by security guards in the past two months.Three duly-accredited Hong Kong journalists covering the ethnic violence in Urumqi, the capital of the far-western province of Xinjiang, were beaten by anti-riot police on 4 September as they were trying to get away from tear gas the police had just fired. The journalists were forced to remain lying on the ground with their hands tied for 20 minutes. TVB reporter Lam Tsz-Ho said the police beat them with batons and confiscated the video they had recorded.Five other Hong Kong reporters, including two RTHK television correspondents, were briefly arrested in Urumqi the same day, and the police seized the equipment of an Associated Press Television News crew, preventing them from filming the protests. The equipment was not returned for five hours.Two Beijing-based reporters employed by Hong Kong media were retained in a hotel in Chengdu, in Sichuan province, on 12 August to prevent them from covering the trial of a blogger, Tan Zuoren, that was taking place that day. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison March 12, 2021 Find out more News News April 27, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Organisation Receive email alerts to go furtherlast_img

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