Thursday, August 14, 2008

A fair share of abuse at the demonstration

I promise, there really is a post about Taiwan's relationship with China coming.

But, um, other stuff keeps happening.

From ITV's website:
Eight Free Tibet campaigners have been arrested during a protest at which a British journalist was also held.

ITV News reporter John Ray was released soon after the incident at the Chinese Ethnic Culture Park, near the National Stadium.

He was taken away by police as members of the campaign group handcuffed themselves to each other and bicycles

Mr Ray, who has been based in Beijing since 2006, is ITV News' first China correspondent.

ITN, which makes ITV News, said it would be making the "strongest possible" protest.

A spokesman said: "John Ray is a fully accredited China correspondent who was doing his legitimate job as a journalist.

"We intend to protest in the strongest possible terms to the Chinese authorities and seek assurances that the treatment meted out to Mr Ray will not be repeated."

I wonder if the IOC would protest "in the strongest possible terms" if Mr. Ray wasn't from a prominent British broadcaster.

Related Links
Bejing Olympics [Official site]
International Olympic Committee [Official site]
ITV [Official website]

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