Friday, August 22, 2008
Beijing police have been ordered to investigate Chinese civilians who have been interviewed by western media during the Olympics official documents reveal.
The claims have been made by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and are backed up by copies of the official directives published on the media watch-dog’s website.
RSF said that the instructions clearly told police to investigate Chinese people who talk to foreign media. Another directive, dated the day before the games began, gave clear directions to the police on how to quickly deal with any religious demonstrations.
(ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW)
“The recent arrests of Chinese who wanted to stage demonstrations or express themselves during the Olympic Games were examples of this desire on the part of the authorities to target their own citizens rather than the thousands of foreign journalists,” said RSF via their website.
The Paris-based media group also said that the documents suggest that there could be reprisals against civilians who spoke to foreign press after journalists depart at the games’ conclusion.
One official document gives instructions for what to do if the interviewee “talks about subjects such as Tibet, Xinjiang, Taiwan and Falun Gong or criticises the Party or government but is not behaving outrageously”. The police are then required to “speak to the interviewee in accordance with Chinese legislation and to follow and monitor the journalist.”
This article was posted: Friday, August 22, 2008 at 12:25 pm