The BBC recently arrived in the village of Xinyu in rural Hunan province to speak with a woman who claims that her father had been beaten to death over an illegal land grab. Instead, the reporters were beaten themselves, their cameras were smashed and they were only allowed to leave after signing a “confession” for trying to conduct an “illegal interview.”
While some of their footage was forcibly deleted, luckily some survived. You can watch it below:
Beijing is currently gearing up for its annual parliamentary sessions which means stationing dozens of public security officers at train and bus stations in the city to stop petitioners from coming into town and mucking up the meetings. In the case of Yang Linghua and her family, they’ve simply been placed under unofficial house arrest to stop them from even making the journey to the capital.
Wherever BBC reporter John Sudworth goes, he seems to attract thugs. Last November, Sudworth and his team were physically blocked from visiting a woman who was attempting to run as an independent candidate in one of the local elections in Beijing.
[Video via BBC]
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