The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China deplores the detention and harassment of journalists attempting to cover the unrest in Xinjiang. We urge the Chinese authorities to permit the free flow of information that is essential to objective and fair reporting.
Contrary to the spirit of state reporting regulations, security forces in Xinjiang have detained TV crews and other reporters, confiscated equipment and in at least one case damaged a video camera.
Over the past two days, the FCCC has also received reports of authorities forcibly preventing journalists from doing interviews, and detaining them for several hours. Restrictions on the Internet and international phone calls have also made it difficult for journalists to properly carry out their work.
“Detaining and harassing journalists for news reporting is wrong. We call on the authorities to allow journalists to do their jobs without restraints,” said club president Scott McDonald.