CNN, BBC Reporters Covering China Activist Trial Manhandled on Live TV

Street-side tussles take place outside Beijing court where transparency campaigner Xu Zhiyong is being tried behind closed doors

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BBC journalist Martin Patience lived up to his name today. While covering the trial of Chinese activist Xu Zhiyong in Beijing, Patience was harassed by police officers and plainclothes thugs. But he kept his cool and continued with his live shot.

Watch the video here.

Other journalists, including reporters David McKenzie of CNN and Mark Stone of Sky News were also manhandled outside the courtroom.

Stone’s video can be seen here, and McKenzie’s here.

CNN’s camera was broken and its TV coverage blacked out. McKenzie also said he was detained. Supporters of Xu outside the court were taken away by police.

The irony, of course, it that street-side tussles only called attention to what was happening indoors. A well-known legal scholar who campaigns for government transparency, Xu is charged with “gathering crowds to disrupt public order” and will very likely face jail time. In court today, he stayed silent to protest proceedings he likened to “a piece of theater.”

Late last year, some of Xu’s supporters, including a trio of activists detained for taking a picture of themselves holding a sign that asked China’s top leaders to disclose their wealth, were put on trial. (There’s been no verdict.) Since April of 2013, more than a dozen people associated with Xu’s New Citizens Movement have been detained.

The courtroom drama comes on the same day the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a report linking China’s top rulers to offshore tax heavens. More on that here.

11 comments
KirkJanssen
KirkJanssen

America is in the early stages of this type of police-state.

tsingyuan
tsingyuan

The reporter said "without law and order, there will be Chaos in China." Well, I think the reporter itself (sorry, I have to use this word) is the reason of Chaos. I wonder why the Chinese policemen do not shot him down, as what their American professions would do when the same scenario happens in the US.

fankela
fankela

The reporter acted like a punk. Do you do that in the US? I bet your dear cops will beat the hell out of you. And once you are in China, you think it's OK? Get out of there if you are don't wanna obey the laws!

George286
George286

Are you joking?  The Xu question aside, this reporter, Mr. Patience, intentionally provoked his own arrest by pushing Chinese policemen who told him to stop, what did he expect?  He expected some footage to to pose as a manhandled martyr.  Any American policeman would have done the same thing, not nearly as gently and he would be in jail. Talk about showboating, this is the worst piece of faux journalism I've seen since the Jerry Springer show.

leader
leader

Try to imagine this:


A Chinese reporter walks backward while he speaks to the camera.  He tells the camera that he is walking to the court where a trial is being held.  American police officers are standing behind him and tell him to stop.  The Chinese reporter pretends to not hear the police, ignores the police and continues walking backwards as he pushes his back into the police officers.  The American police officers yell at the Chinese reporter, but the reporter continues to ignore the police.


What do you think these American police officers will do?  Probably taser the Chinese reporter and throw him in jail.


CNN's reporter does exactly this.  The Chinese police officers throw him and his crew into their van.  The CNN reporter claims that he is "manhandled".


This is is typical CNN reporting quality, reminiscent of their reporting of the Iraq war when they only helped Bush beat the war drums, without doing any critical reporting.  A few years after this debacle, CNN lies to the viewers with their new mantra:  "Keeping Them Honest".


BBC and Britain is very critical of China.  When Xu Jingtao visited London a few years ago, Brits protested China's oppression of Tibet.  They were right to protest, but when is Britain going to liberate Northern Ireland and Scotland?  Who invaded who?  Britain formed a coalition of the willing, including the US, to invade China twice to push opium onto millions of Chinese, which made the Brits and certain Americans rich.

JerryCan
JerryCan

1. “This is a public space”...

My God these liberals are stupid! THEY ARE IN COMMUNIST CHINA! 

There is no “public space” in a communist country.

2. CNN is getting what they've been advocating for years and now they are shocked! Nice to see them treated almost as poorly as they would have tea party people treated in the USA. However, this will make no dent in the "progressive" force-field they have around their brains.

3. Liberals just don't get it. Socialists are not nice people. They murdered over 100 million people in the 20th century.


LucianoOliveira
LucianoOliveira

what does he want? The police is telling him not to continue and he does anyways? I am not a supporter of the communism or China, but that would have happen anywhere and he probably would had his faced kicked in most western countries if he does not follow the police directions!

KirkJanssen
KirkJanssen

@tsingyuanAmerica is in the early stages of this type of police-state. Massive spying on citizens by the government ... TSA molesting people at airports and highway checkpoints .... drones flying in U.S. skies to spy on citizens ... NDAA - indefinite detention ... local police arresting citizens for peaceful protests .. etc

fankela
fankela

@tsingyuanI’m so moved that he is so concerned with the well being of Chinese. That reminds me of a Chinese saying: 黄鼠狼给鸡拜年。

leader
leader

@JerryCan 


China is not a communist country.  Their political party is communist in name only.


You should watch Oliver Stone's "Untold History of the United States'.  A good percentage of millions of people killed in the 20th century were killed by the U.S., as the U.S. invaded many countries.  Try to name one country that China has invaded in modern history.