China - Hong Kong reporter beaten in Wuhan

    MONTREAL, Jan. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders condemned a
physical assault on Xiao Zhou, a reporter on the newspaper Tai Kung Bao,
published in Hong Kong, while he was taking photos on 17 January of
demonstrations against expulsions in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province. The
journalist was with human rights lawyer Yu Zhenghua, when around 30 men,
employed by the company carrying out the expulsions, An Jielong, attacked him,
raining blows onto his head and dragging him into a stairway.
    Police, who were immediately called by the lawyer, delayed arriving on
the scene during which time the lawyer's two sons were also mistreated. A
police officer told Radio Free Asia that he had insisted on taking the
journalist to hospital. He added that he could not arrest the assailants
because they had already fled.

For further information:

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

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