MONTREAL, Aug. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders calls for the
immediate release of six foreigners who have been sentenced by the Chinese
police to 10 days of administrative detention in Beijing for "disrupting
public order." The police did not give their nationality but it is believed
they are the two US citizen journalists and four demonstrators who were
arrested in Beijing on 19 August.
The two citizens journalists are Jeff Rae and Brian Conley, the founder
of the famous Alive in Baghdad (www.aliveinbaghdad.org) video blog. Conley's
wife told Reporters Without Borders: "I got a text message from my husband a
few hours ago saying he was in prison. I have had no news since then." Rae and
Conley had been covering the protests staged in Beijing by Students for a Free
Tibet, including the protest by New York artist James Powderly.
Four other foreign pro-Tibet activists - a German of Tibetan origin, two
Americans and a Briton - were arrested near the national stadium in Beijing
after unfurling a Tibetan flag and calling for Tibetan autonomy. Students for
a Free Tibet said they were the eighth group to be arrested in Beijing since
the start of the Olympic Games. In all, 47 pro-Tibet activists have so far
been arrested during the games.
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For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director,
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