The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China calls for an end to the continued harassment and intimidation of Chinese employees working for foreign journalists.
This week, an FCCC member working for German television reported that police in Beijing threatened and intimidated her Chinese assistant after, on her direction, he videotaped at a migrant school slated for demolition. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident.
In the latest survey of FCCC members, conducted in May, many correspondents reported their Chinese employees have been coming under increased pressure from the government. Out of the 65 correspodents who replied to a survey question about Chinese news assistants, 37 percent said their Chinese employees had been harassed, pressured or intimated at least once in the past year, while another 12 percent said this had happened three or more times.
We believe that as reporting conditions and regulations in China have continued to improve, so too should the conditions for Chinese citizens working in foreign news bureaus. These employees are important to our work here and their protection is in keeping with accepted international reporting practices.
The FCCC Board