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HK journalists slam China for violating press freedom following beating of cameramen in Beijing

Last Updated: Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 17:16

Sydney: Hong Kong journalists have condemned an attack on two cameramen outside the home of the wife of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo in Beijing.
The journalists slammed the attack as a violation of press freedom.

According to the Herald Sun, the two cameramen were beaten up by a group of unidentified men when they were filming an activist’s attempting to visit Liu Xia, who is herself under house arrest, at her apartment building on Friday.

One of the cameramen was punched in the face and pushed to the ground, while the attackers also tried to snatch the camera from the other journalist and hit him in the head, Hong Kong TV news footage and reports said.

In a statement late Friday, the Hong Kong Journalists Association said that the violence is a serious infringement of press freedom, the report said.

According to the report, the security guards at Liu Xia’s apartment had refused to let Hong Kong activist Yang Kuang enter, before a group of men came out to push away him and started abusing the journalists and bet the two cameramen.

A spokesman for the Hong Kong government said it was ‘highly concerned’ over the incident, and that the right to report on the mainland must be respected.

Liu Xia has been held under house arrest since her husband - who was sentenced to 11 years in jail in 2009 for "subversion" after co-authoring a bold petition calling for reforms - won the peace prize in October 2010, the report added.


First Published: Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 17:15
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