A reporter for the Caixin news agency has been arrested after he illegally detained a developer in the process of a land-grab in Shandong. Chen Baocheng, the reporter, trapped an excavator in his cab and doused him in gasoline in an attempt to stop the man from demolishing Chen’s family home.
Caixin has published a statement regarding Chen’s situation:
On August 10, Caixin Media Co. learned from Internet posts that a Caixin employee and reporter, Chen Baocheng, had been detained by police in Pingdu City, Shandong Province, over disputes related to forced demolition.
Caixin immediately tried to get in touch with Chen, but failed. It then commissioned a lawyer to contact the Pingdu police to learn more about the incident and law enforcement procedures. However, as of the release of this statement, the police have not responded. On the night of August 10, Caixin prepared a written inquiry to send to the Pingdu police bureau. A police officer surnamed Ma who answered our call said the bureau’s fax machine was broken and refused to receive the letter or answer any questions about Chen. […]
Caixin is closely following the detention of Chen. We call for restraint and for all parties to act rationally. Actions should fall within the framework of the law. We hope that the authorities in Pingdu can disclose information in a timely manner and handle the case with justice and transparency.