Foreign journalists working in China face continued harassment despite new reporting rules brought in for the Olympic Games this summer, the Beijing-based Foreign Correspondents Club of China said Tuesday.
China relaxed restrictions on foreign journalists at the beginning of 2007, exempting them from having to apply for permission to travel and conduct interviews. The change was part of the country’s pledge to increase media freedom, which helped Beijing be picked as host of the 2008 Olympics.
But the journalism group said it had received more than 180 reports of interference in reporters’ work over the past year, including beatings and intimidation in Beijing and other places. [Full Text]