IFJ Condemns Police Beating of Online Journalist in China

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns

the brutal beating of an online journalist by Chinese authorities in Chengdu,

Sichuan Province.

 

The incident occurred after plain-clothes officers prevented

the journalist, who works for SCOL.com.cn, a website owned by Sichuan Daily Network Media

Development Ltd, from taking photos

of government officials in Chendu’s Chenghua District,

on February 1.

 

The journalist’s camera was confiscated and he was taken to

a security room for interrogation, according

to local media reports.

 

When the officers found that the journalist was attempting

to record his interrogation, he was

reportedly kicked and beaten in the presence of two uniformed police.

 

The journalist,

who does not wish to be named,

reportedly suffered multiple injuries.

 

After he was released,

the journalist discovered all the photos stored on his camera had been deleted.

 

An editorial on SCOL.com.cn condemned the treatment of the

journalist as a brutal act of interference in the journalist’s job to report on

the event involving the government officials.

 

“The IFJ calls on senior authorities in China to take action to investigate

the beating and intimidation of the SCOL.com.cn journalist and to discipline

the police officers involved. Such attacks on media personnel who are trying to

do their jobs are an effort to promote self-censorship and must not be

tolerated,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said.

 

The IFJ calls on Sichuan

authorities to implement immediate measures to prevent this kind of violence

against journalists.

 

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ

represents over 600,000 journalists in

120 countries worldwide