Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns a group attack on three mainland China journalists who were reporting on an
accidental fire at a factory in Xiegang town in Dongguan city in China’s
in the south of the country on July 27.
Local sources told the IFJ that the journalists have been
identified as Dong Zhe from Guangzhou
Daily Newspaper, Mo Xiaodong from
Southern Metropolis Daily and Jiang
Yun of Yangcheng Evening News.
Staff from the factory reportedly attacked the journalists, causing injuries on their faces and necks, and threatened them with death in an attempt to
block coverage of the incident.
Jiang’s photographs were forcibly deleted from his camera
and his notebook was destroyed.
Two of the attackers involved have reportedly been arrested
by police and fined.
Police arrested two people involved in the incident and have
ordered them to be detained for seven days and fined them 300 yuan (approximately
USD 45) each.
imperative that all citizens respect the non-partisan status of journalists in China, and refrain from violent retaliation against
individual journalists whose job it is to report news and protect the public’s
right to know,” IFJ General
Secretary Aidan White said.
reiterates its call to the China
government to actively encourage greater public respect for independent media
and explicitly acknowledge journalism as a profession conducted in the public
“We believe that such recognition would be a key
component to a more open and free China.”
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