Britain’s BBC Media Group reported on Sunday that one of its reporters in China was arrested and “beaten by police” while covering protests in Shanghai against the regime’s draconian “zero COVID” policy.
“The BBC is deeply concerned about our journalist Ed Lawrence, who was arrested and handcuffed while covering the protests in Shanghai,” a spokesperson for the group said in a statement sent to AFP.
According to him, “he was beaten and beaten by the police” while working as a recognized journalist in the country.
Hundreds of people demonstrated in China this weekend, in several major cities including Shanghai and Beijing, against the restrictions and restrictions imposed by authorities to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The spokesperson explained to the BBC that “there has been no official explanation or apology from the Chinese authorities, the authorities have released him, beyond the claim that they arrested him for his own good if he had caught Covid”. [au milieu] A crowd”.
“We do not consider this to be a plausible explanation,” he added.