The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns
the brutal beating of an online journalist by Chinese authorities in Chengdu,
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.
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
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