US condemns `harassment` of foreign journalists in China

The United States has condemned "harassment" of foreign journalists in Beijing who were covering a protest gathering against the Chinese Government.

Last Updated: Mar 01, 2011, 15:42 PM IST

Washington: The United States has
condemned "harassment" of foreign journalists in Beijing who
were covering a protest gathering against the Chinese
Government.
"The foreign journalists were illegally detained,
harassed, their equipment seized and at least in one case
severely beaten," State Department Spokesman P J Crowley said.

"We are deeply concerned that the Chinese authorities
did not protect the safety and property of these journalists,
and we expect them to hold the perpetrators accountable," he
told reporters.

The US views had been communicated to Chinese
officials, Crowley added.
The US Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, yesterday
met with several American and other foreign journalists in
China who were allegedly harassed while reporting in downtown
Beijing.

Huntsman also spoke to his counterparts within the
Chinese foreign ministry, Crowley said.

PTI