CCTV reporter attacked in pollution investigation
( 2003-11-14 10:22) (Xinhua)
A reporter from China Central
TV, China's national TV station, was attacked Wednesday by the director and
workers of a factory while investigating pollution problems.
Xu Xiangyu, a reporter with the News Center of CCTV, was stopped by the
factory director and robbed of a video camera when he went to investigate
pollution problems at Xuanbao Joint Cokeoven Plant, in Baode County, north
China's Shanxi Province. The factory director threw away Xu's press card and
ordered the factory workers to attack him.
About ten minutes later, the law enforcement group of the State Environmental
Protection Administration, who went to the county with Xu, arrived and prevented
Xu got his camera back with the help of the deputy magistrate of Baode County
and the director of the county's Environmental Protection Bureau.
The State Environmental Protection Administration extended their regards to
Xu and asked its law enforcement group in that county to protect the reporter
and his right to investigate.
China's Reporter's Day fell on Nov. 8 and the state media jointly made a
declaration to prevent corruption in news reporting and violations of
journalistic ethics. However, infringements of reporters' rights is also a very
Reporters in China enjoy a high status and are expected to speak in the
public interest, but their coverage of negative stories also makes enemies.