A reporter, Sjoerd de Daas, who works for a Dutch news channel, was pulled away on film by a Chinese security official outside the venue, and that too, during a live broadcast of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony on Friday.
Details of the Incident
In the video, a Chinese security agent in a black jacket and red armband shoves and herds the reporter Sjoerd den Daas of Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS) Nieuws, a member of the Netherlands Public Broadcasting system, away from his camera.
Although it is unclear what rule the reporter broke, and he was not imprisoned, the shocking video demonstrates that the Red Chinese will not tolerate any journalistic freedom during the genocide games, or in that fact, any sense of freedom whatsoever.
Tweet by the News Channel
NOS said in a Tweet, which was accompanied by the video clip of the incident, that their correspondent den Daas was dragged away from the camera by the security officers at noon, while the cameraman and reporter were live on the NOS Journal.
Unfortunately, for Chinese journalists, this is gradually becoming a daily reality. It was assured that the reporter was alright and that he was able to conclude his story a short time later.
According to some sources, the Chinese security guard was heard telling the Dutch reporter to hurry up and step faster after which the reporter claimed that he was allowed to be there.
As the reporter sought to continue speaking to the camera, another security officer attempted to hold his hand in front of it. The station had to cut the link with the reporter, which confused the studio anchor in the Netherlands.
The Say of the Editor-in-chief of NOS
The event, according to NOS editor-in-chief Marcel Gelauff, was a devastating depiction of how the international press was being treated in Red China, not only during the games but generally.
He said that Sjoerd had frequently stated and demonstrated how tough it is to work as a journalist in China. There had been a widespread propensity to restrict liberty, which may be exacerbated by corona, as was told by de Daas.
The Treatment of Foreign Reporters in China and the Say of Den Daas
In China, the treatment that Sjoerd den Daas received is not unusual. The Chinese Foreign Correspondents’ Club recently expressed its displeasure with the growing harassment of journalists in the communist country.
The organization revealed in a study released in January that Chinese officials often file nuisance lawsuits against foreign journalists. They’re also chased off the streets during video reporting, risk having their visas canceled, and are evicted from the nation regularly. They are even subjected to technological attacks.
In China and others, they are constantly abused by name on social media, their accounts and equipment are hacked, and they are, in very extreme cases, physically assaulted too. Den Daas, the broadcaster’s China correspondent, said it wasn’t the first time he’d experienced something like this.
He stated that he, along with numerous international colleagues, has been stopped or hindered by the police multiple times in recent weeks while reporting on topics linked to the Games. This incident has risen questions about whether foreign journalists will be able to work freely in China during the Games.
The Reason and the Say of IOC Spokesperson
Mark Adams, an IOC spokesman, stated that they had communicated with the NOS, the state broadcaster and that it was a sad situation. He stated that he believed someone was being overly concerned over the issue.
The reporter was able to perform his piece on camera fairly quickly afterward, thanks to the assistance of officials present, the spokesperson assured. During the Games, all participants, including the media, are kept within a “closed circle” which is commonly known as the ‘bubble’ that comprises the venues, the media center, and the lodging.
The IOC, on the other hand, has consistently informed them that the contract negotiated with the Chinese hosts will allow all participants, including athletes and media, to freely speak within the loop.
These things do happen, Adam added, but he felt it was a one-time occurrence. He also expressed the hope that it was a one-time occurrence, and that the IOC would ensure that the reporters could continue their work within the closed-loop. But still, a foreign reporter being harassed, while being live on the television screen, had to hit the breaking news.
The Winter Games have started and it is the right of every journalist to cover the Games and to treat a foreign journalist this way tells a lot about the living conditions in China.