IFJ Condemns Chinese Assault on South Korean Journalist

The International Federation of Journalists, the world's largest journalists' organisation today called on the Chinese authorities to launch an investigation into the recent police assault on a South Korean journalist who was reporting on an incident in which Chinese security personnel forcibly removed a North Korean asylum-seeker who had successfully entered the South Korean consulate office in Beijing on June 13th.

The IFJ was told by its affiliates in South Korea that Lee Sang-min, South Korean correspondent in Beijing from Yonhap News Agency, sustained bruises on his right leg after being beaten by Chinese police.

"We demand an immediate investigation into this brutal assault and urge the authorities to discipline those responsible", said the IFJ.

In addition, the Chinese authorities prevented South Korean TV stations such as KBS, MBC and SBS from transmitting their video tapes, containing the Chinese police's assault on Korean diplomats and media personnel, to South Korea through CCTV's satellite network, without any prior consent.

The IFJ urges the Chinese authorities to give assurances about protecting the rights of journalists to work freely.

The IFJ supports its affiliates the Journalists' Association of Korea and Korean Federation of Press Unions in their condemnation of this serious incident.