02 Mar '11, 10am

China warns journalists on 'Jasmine' rallies

China warns journalists on 'Jasmine' rallies

BEIJING - Chinese police warned foreign journalists on Wednesday to obey restrictions on covering rallies called by an online protest campaign or face possible loss of their permission to work in China. The warning underlined rising official anxiety over the mysterious campaign to stir protests each Sunday, which has sparked a police clampdown on rally sites the past two weeks during which foreign journalists have been roughed up. Police in Beijing, who have requested meetings with foreign journalists in recent days, called in more than a dozen reporters on Wednesday to discuss the issue. Police told reporters failure to comply with restrictions on reporting at proposed rally locations could impact future government approval for them to work in the country, journalists said. Journalists reported the interviews were videotaped. Beijing launched its security clampdown in res...

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