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  • Incident Reports | 31 May, 2009 (00:34)

    TV Reporters Detained, Tiananmen Interviewees Questioned

    LOCATION: Beijing
    TYPE OF INCIDENT: Detention, Sources Harassed,
    TOPIC: Tiananmen anniversary
    NATIONALITY/ORGANIZATION: TV Broadcaster

    We drove around the block and passed the same spot and saw that all the students we had interviewed were being questioned.

    DESCRIPTION: In the morning we went to interview students in front Beida University. Seven minutes after we started five police cars arrived and surrounded us. Being intimidated and before they even could asked us anything we were able to leave the spot in our taxi, while being filmed. We drove around the block and passed the same spot and saw that all the students we had interviewed were being questioned. Two unofficial cars followed us for half an hour. They lost us in the heavy traffic. In the afternoon when we were leaving the compound where we interviewed three Tiananmen Mothers in their home (they are 24/24 shadowed by policemen in plain clothes) we were intercepted by a group of 10 policemen, uniformed and plainclothes. We were filmed and they asked us to show us documents and passports. As the cameraman could not produce his passport we were taken away to a local office and questioned for two hours before we could leave. The next day police came to my apartment– 23 hours later– to check documents and my and my family’s passports. When everything was ok they left.