China - Stones thrown at German TV crew trying to interview imprisoned dissident's wife



    MONTREAL, Jan. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Four journalists with the German TV
station ARD had to abandon an attempt to meet Yuan Weijing, the wife of
imprisoned lawyer and human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, on 24 January. As
they approached her home in a village in the eastern province of Shandong,
their way was blocked by thugs hired by the local authorities, who threw
stones at them.
    Reporters Without Borders deplores this latest violation of foreign
journalists' rights with less than seven months to go before the Olympic
Games.
    Yuan had posted an open letter to President Hu Jintao online on
21 January calling for imprisoned activist Hu Jia's release and saying all he
did was "tell the entire world what is happing in China." Jia Jianying, the
wife of imprisoned dissident He Depu, said: "The authorities should release
all imprisoned dissidents before the Olympic Games but instead they are
arresting more and more of them. This is completely contrary to the Olympic
Spirit."
    Hu's wife, Zeng Jinyan, is meanwhile still unable to talk freely to the
foreign journalists who try to approach her apartment block. Some 20 police
are permanently stationed around her home and prevent anyone from contacting
her.




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For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Secretary General,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4188,
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