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Foreign scribes beaten in China, equipment confiscated

Several journalists from international organisations were assaulted and intimidated recently, foreign press associations of China said on Tuesday, adding that the incidents were cause for growing concern, Sutirtho Patranobis reports.

world Updated: Aug 22, 2012 00:19 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

Several journalists from international organisations were assaulted and intimidated recently, foreign press associations of China said on Tuesday, adding that the incidents were cause for growing concern.

In a statement, The Beijing-based FCCC, along with its sister organisations in Hong Kong and Shanghai, said the incidents represent a "clear risk of serious physical harm to journalists merely carrying out their professional duties in China."

On July 28, a Shanghai-based journalist from Japan's Asahi Shimbun was said to have been beaten by police while covering a demonstration in Jiangsu province. Equipment, reported to be worth thousands of dollars, was confiscated by authorities and hasn't been returned.

On August 10, policemen, apparently in civil dress, allegedly assaulted a reporter for Hong Kong's Asia Television as he filmed members of the public being arrested outside a courthouse in the eastern city, Hefei. The reporter was covering the murder trial of Gu Kailai.

A day later, a German television crew in Henan province was alleged to have been attacked by a mob, accused of being spies and detained for nine hours at a chemical factory before being released.

On August 13, two reporters from Poland and the US reporting in Ordos were intimidated.