11/28/2022, 8:58 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Detained-UK reporter didn't identify as journalist - China

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a briefing on Monday that BBC reporter Ed Lawrence did not identify himself as a journalist when he was detained by police while covering anti-lockdown protests in Shanghai.

"Based on what we learned from relevant Shanghai authorities, he did not identify himself as a journalist and did not voluntarily present his press credentials," the foreign ministry spokesperson noted, urging foreign media to "follow Chinese laws and regulations while in China."

According to the statement released by Britain's national broadcaster, the BBC, their reporter was "arrested and handcuffed," and "beaten and kicked" by Shanghai police after being detained for several hours before being released. Lawrence noted he "was only doing his job" at the time of his arrest.

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