Journalist access curtailed in China following protests

The protests have been small the last few weeks but the government in Beijing is not taking any chances. Protests in the distant countryside are one thing, but when they come to Shanghai or Beijing, it’s a major problem for the government.

China appears to be rolling back some press freedoms it introduced ahead of the 2008 Olympics, barring foreign journalists from working near a popular Shanghai park and along a major Beijing shopping street after calls for weekly protests in those spots appeared online.

Foreign journalists who tried to take photos or shoot video on Beijing’s Wangfujing shopping street on Sunday were told they needed special permission to work there. An Associated Press photographer was told Tuesday that the area near People’s Square in Shanghai was also off-limits.

The restrictions put the popular leisure spots on par with Tibet as out-of-bounds areas where foreign reporters need special permission to work, and come after journalists were attacked and harassed while working in the areas over the weekend.


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