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  • Incident Reports | 4 June, 2008 (19:05)

    Journalists Hassled By Police in Dujiangyan

    Journalist Ole Torp and a cameraman for Norwegian Broadcasting were chased away from the Juyuan Middle School and a primary school in Dujiangyan, Sichuan province, first by plainclothes officers then, a day later, by armed police who seemed to be “in full battle gear,” said Torp.

    Earlier, the local foreign affairs office had issued expired press credentials to the journalists, saying that it’d run out of current press passes and that credentials which had expired several days earlier were still valid.

    In contrast to the police who chased the team away from two Dujiangyan schools: in one case while the journalists were interviewing a dead student’s bereaved grandfather — Torp said several younger local police officers were “almost demonstratively
    sympathetic” to the journalists for telling the world about the post-earthquake situation. Those officers allowed filming, but asked the crew to hurry.