Chinese police denies using force, detaining and expelling US reporter from Inner Mongolia

The Los Angeles Times said last week that its Beijing bureau chief was grabbed by the throat, pushed into a cell and held for more than four hours before being forced to leave the area

The Associated Press September 09, 2020 19:58:25 IST
Chinese police denies using force, detaining and expelling US reporter from Inner Mongolia

Representational image. Reuters

Beijing: Local authorities in China's Inner Mongolia region have denied they used force or detained an American reporter when she was questioned at a police station last week. The Los Angeles Times said Thursday that one of its reporters was grabbed by the throat and pushed into a cell and held for more than four hours before being forced to leave the area in northern China.

“There's no instance of the police using both hands to pinch the neck or being detained in a police cell, nor was there any instance of being detained or expelled,” the press office for Hohhot, the provincial capital, said in a written response to questions from The Associated Press.

The statement, dated Tuesday, said the reporter was interviewing a pedestrian and accused her of filming or photographing the person without the interviewee's permission. It said the reporter chose to go back to Beijing voluntarily.

The newspaper's Beijing bureau chief, Alice Su, who is the journalist in question, declined to comment. She was covering protests and class boycotts that had broken out in Inner Mongolia over a move to increase the use of Chinese in schools where Mongolian has been the main language of instruction.

Authorities, who have detained more than 20 people, are trying to clamp down on information about the protests, according to a protester and a US-based activist group that advocates for the rights of ethnic Mongolians.

The incident came at a time of growing pressure on foreign journalists in China.

On Tuesday, the last two journalists working for Australian media in China returned home after police demanded interviews with them and temporarily blocked their departures. They were told they were “persons of interest” into an investigation into an Australian who works for state media in China, according to The Australian Financial Review.

The other Australian, Cheng Lei, has been detained on suspicion of endangering China's national security, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Tuesday without elaborating.

The US and China are currently engaged in a back-and-forth over the treatment of journalists in their respective countries, including restrictions on visas.

Inner Mongolia is a region of 25 million people that borders the country of Mongolia to the north. About 17 percent of the population is ethnic Mongolian, while the Han make up 79 percent.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

US federal judge postpones Trump's ban on TikTok; restrictions were to take effect from midnight
World

US federal judge postpones Trump's ban on TikTok; restrictions were to take effect from midnight

A more comprehensive ban remains scheduled for November, about a week after the presidential election

Facebook takes down network of fake pages created in China aimed at influencing US election
World

Facebook takes down network of fake pages created in China aimed at influencing US election

The network discovered by Facebook included 155 accounts, 11 pages, nine groups and six Instagram accounts. Posting in Chinese and English, the group largely pushed stories of interest to overseas Filipino workers

US-China trade war: WTO says American tariffs on Beijing in 2018 broke global trade rules
World

US-China trade war: WTO says American tariffs on Beijing in 2018 broke global trade rules

The Donald Trump administration has continued to play an active role in the World Trade Organisation, but many of Trump’s biggest trade offensives over the past three years have bypassed the organisation’s rules