China Official Regrets ‘Beating’
The Straits Times reports on the beating of three Hong Kong reporters in Xinjiang during recent protests:
The three journalists were tackled and detained by paramilitary police while trying to escape tear gas fired to disperse crowds on September 4 when Han Chinese protested inadequate security in the city.
‘We are regretful over the incident,’ Hou Hanmin, Xinjiang spokeswoman told Xinhua news agency. Xinhua said Ms Hou was expressing regret over what it described as an ‘alleged beating.’
‘Of the three journalists, only one had a temporary press card that allowed him to conduct interviews in the city, but the other two didn’t. They violated our regulations,’ he said.
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