BBC Reporter Detained in Shanghai Did Not Identify as Journalist
China’s foreign ministry said the journalist detained while reporting on protests in the Chinese city of Shanghai did not identify himself as such.
The BBC reported on Sunday evening that a journalist from the British broadcaster was arrested when he reported on the protests in the Chinese city.
Images circulating of the arrest showed how a group of officers knocked the Briton to the ground, handcuffed him and took him away. The man has since been released.
A spokesman for the British broadcaster explained that the BBC has received “no official statement or apology” from Chinese authorities.
According to the broadcaster, Chinese officials said Ed Lawrence was arrested “for his own good” because he could have contracted a corona infection. “We do not consider this a credible statement,” the BBC said.