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Foreign journalists stopped from covering Tianjin explosion

There where a number of incidents of interference with foreign journalists trying to cover the Tianjin chemical explosion, according to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (Beijing). These include:

CNN’s Will Ripley encountered interference while filming a live report in front of a hospital.

For CBS correspondent Seth Doane police placed their hands and a soda bottle in front of his camera as he attempted to film a report.

A Taiwanese reporter said authorities confiscated his camera’s memory card and demanded that he kneel and beg for it back.

A video journalist for a European media outlet was harassed outside a hospital. When he asked why he could not shoot, he was told, “because this is China”. Meanwhile, local crews had no problem filming inside and outside the hospital.

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