Olympic Harassment of Reporters and China Activists Continues

Posted by: Dexter Roberts on August 14, 2008

Even as new Olympics records are set and an overall spirit of festivity prevails in Beijing, there is more bad news for some journalists and activists. A British journalist covering a Tibetan independence protest just outside the Olympics venues was roughed up yesterday. According to the Foreign Correspondents Club of China, the journalist, John Ray of Independent Television News, “was pinned down by police, dragged along the floor and pushed into a police van. The authorities also confiscated his equipment, pulled off his shoes, filmed him and accused him of trying to unfurl a Tibetan flag, he said. He denies the accusation, saying he was only trying to cover the protest.” All told there have been five incidents blocking foreign reporters from reporting since August 7th, including also Associated Press and Scandinavian journalists.

Meanwhile, Chinese activists have been harassed and denied the right to hold protests according to Human Rights Watch—despite the creation of designated protest zones, as announced earlier by the Beijing Organizing Committee for Olympic Games. On July 23, BOCOG security director Liu Shaowu told reporters there would be three protest zones in Beijing parks, saying: “People or protesters who want to express their personal opinions can go to do so” as is “common practice in other countries.”

Reader Comments

Jack

August 14, 2008 2:15 AM

Dexter Roberts wrote:
Meanwhile, Chinese activists have been harassed and denied the right to hold protests according to Human Rights Watch—despite the creation of designated protest zones, as announced earlier by the Beijing Organizing Committee for Olympic Games. On July 23, BOCOG security director Liu Shaowu told reporters there would be three protest zones in Beijing parks, saying: “People or protesters who want to express their personal opinions can go to do so” as is “common practice in other countries.”
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Mr. Roberts,
I think you were too vague in your report. So are the activists being harassed by China inside the designated protest zones or outside? Please clarify.

blah blah

August 14, 2008 9:39 AM

intersting that only one side of the story is ever told on eye on asia blog. it seems that any negative comments against china is represented as true to these so called "journalist".

china bashing never cease with western "press"

Ryan

August 14, 2008 9:47 AM

You journalists can't get the story right. Other reports say that he was dragged into a nearby restaurant first. I just don't trust the bias reporters anymore.

Ryan

August 14, 2008 9:48 AM

You journalists can't get the story right. Other reports say that he was dragged into a nearby restaurant first. I just don't trust the bias reporters anymore.

Lucy

August 14, 2008 10:20 AM

I think the Chinese police was protecting those activists’ lives. Otherwise they would be beaten to death by the surrounding Chinese citizens. I suggest Mr. Dexter Roberts to interview several average Chinese for their options on Tibet issue, then write a report. However I believe that kind of articles won’t be published because it does not match the need of US mainsteam.

Elizabeth

August 14, 2008 10:27 AM

History says that Tibet is part of China.

Nobody has the right to interfere the affairs of a sovereign country, especially the important issues such as the independence of part of its lawful and rightful territory. I hope that the media has the political sensitiveness to know where to stop and what not to report.

By the way, I am a British not a Chinese in case you are wondering.

hg

August 14, 2008 11:25 AM

The activists held a protest not in designated protest zones but at entrance of a park near Olympic venue.
I think Mr. Roberts just distorted by purpose.

Ho Ho

August 14, 2008 1:01 PM

Much comments from people with western names support China sound written by Chinese. Smell fishy.

For Freedom

August 14, 2008 1:53 PM

Well, it's very obvious that the above responses to the article are unbiased westerners with western names that are written by people who's native tongue is English, and definitely not directly written by the Chinese Government or at least someone who has been brainwashed by the Chinese Government (dripping with sarcasm). The detained reporter may have been out of line (I wasn't there like everyone else seems to have been so I can't say for sure), but with pathetic cover-ups like this it's just so obvious that China is still the backward nation they are trying to convince the world they are not. They spend billions on the olympics but all for naught thanks to crap like this.

To Dexter Roberts

August 14, 2008 2:30 PM

During the Lashas riot, western news were using pictures of Nepal and Indian crack down on Tibetan trouble protester and passing them a Tibetan crack down in Lashas. My point, how do we know that you are reporting the truth in this case? How do we know that what you state is fact and not rumor or just made up fact?
We know that you are not impartial but bias against Chinese people.

Bill

August 14, 2008 4:00 PM

This story just once again shows that its not the people that are bad, but the government is. What are they affraid of? God bless the USA

David Fiallo

August 14, 2008 4:49 PM

So many are afraid to tell the truth about China. It's the same with Muslin extremist. Don't get them angry. A billion Chinese will be knocking at your door. The fact is that with any communist country there is no accountability to the people. The ruling minority does as it pleases. If people in a country risk their lives to get out there is something terribly wrong there. The Olympics should never have been held there, but the I.O.C has never been above taking bribes or doing the right thing.

CountBuggula

August 14, 2008 5:55 PM

History also says that the USA was part of the UK, as were Australia, India, etc. Plenty of other countries "interfered" with the path to independence in all those locations. It is both the right and obligation of all free people in the world to support suppressed people in their fight for the same rights.

Lucy

August 14, 2008 8:03 PM

To Ho Ho:

Yes I am a Chinese and I support the Chinese government. So what? Are you going to say I am brainwashed or I am hired by the Chinese government to write comments?

Brian

August 14, 2008 9:16 PM

Hmm, well maybe they should actually be covering... the Olympics.

Hu Jin Tao

August 14, 2008 9:32 PM

The designated protest zones are the jokes. I am sure anyone who showed up to protest will be slammed into the van to protect them from being beaten to death by the surrounding Chinese. Or will be followed home by the secret polices and made disappeared for a few days or weeks.

What a joke!

james

August 14, 2008 10:07 PM

Well, I was there and the story is accurate. The "protest zones" are a cynical joke since no one can get the permits and people who apply are deported at their own expense and put on random planes even if they have valid airline tickets in their possession. It happened to me so that's a first hand account.

MG

August 14, 2008 10:33 PM

Boho, cry me a river, those poor jouranlsts were expecting the cops to invite them to tea, but, shock, they arrested them and locked them up.

Such fragile creatures, these "journalists" are.

I for one am disapointed they weren't actually tortured, it would be what they wanted wouldn't it? Win Win.

non-chinese posing as one

August 14, 2008 10:45 PM

Chinese nationalism is reaching incredible levels. We are so proud of it, we brainwashed 50 thousand people into sitting on special access computers and responding to every comment article and opinion out there to make sure there is opposition.
I know this because I wrote 3 of the comments above.

MeiGuo

August 14, 2008 10:52 PM

Ho Ho is right.

It's very obvious China has forced thousands of Chinese computer users and programmers to send millions of anti-protest and "happy olympics" messages to every discussion board in the world.

China is a slave country, with no freedom. Also, Chinese are taking steroids to win medals. They cheat with 14-year-olds in gymnastics, then lie about it.

China kills protesters, poisons the air in all its cities, and steals copyrights and technology from everybody else.

What a great country, China.

Welcome to Orwell's 1984, Earth.

SumYung Gai

August 14, 2008 10:56 PM

Tibet and China were part of Mongolia. Just like the US and Australia were part of the British empire. It does not mean that Australia should be part of the US.

Similarly, Jordan, Israel and Iraq were part of the Ottoman Empire for hundreds of years. If we follow Chinese logic, why don't we give them to Turkey now?

The Chinese propaganda machine never stops. It's disgusting that so many Chinese buy into it.

To Dexter Robert AKA Silly Bob

August 15, 2008 12:58 AM

What about Guantanamo bay? What about due process? What about simulated drowning or water boarding? What about invading Iraq for fictitious WMD? Where is the human right group to protest such as lack of human right in Iraq where people are dying every day due to daily violence?
Please don't be an hypocrite.

JiaMing

August 15, 2008 2:01 AM

Western media is a business just like any others. You can be fair and balanced but be out of business very soon, leaving the ones that tell only one-sided, sensational stories that sell. So don't be too hard on Einhorn, Roberts and other American reporters. If they don't do it, they'll just lose their jobs to those who will. Of course I feel sorry for so many misinformed Westerners who still believe the garbage like Chinese are slave labor and get thrown in jail for saying anything against the government. All the Chinese posters, probably mostly living outside China, are getting way too worked up over the biased reporting in the West. Take it easy, ha ha.

Bob

August 15, 2008 8:54 AM

Tibet = Not Part of China.

decibel

August 15, 2008 1:13 PM

White people should move back to europe and give america back to the native indians......Free america!! Of course we all know that will not happen. Neither will Tibet. Can poeple see the parallel there? The West' calculated intention is to use Tibet to antagonize and exert control on China. Western media is biased just like the communist propaganda.

AP

August 25, 2008 6:36 PM

Tibet is NOT part of China. If China uses the logic that Tibet was annexed by in in middle ages, using the same logic, Mongolia should control half of the world, including China.

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