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August 13, 2008

YouTube video of ITV man’s arrest in China

By Martin Stabe wirepost

A video has been posted on YouTube showing ITV journalist John Ray following his arrest while covering a demonstration in China.

“I was physically manhandled to the ground, then then dragged out. Then three or four more police came, wrestled me into the restaurant here and they’ve taken my shoes off me and my equipment bag,” he says, leaning out of the window of a police van.

Ray repeatedly tells Chinese police officers “I’m a journalist” and asks why is being arrested.

As the van pulls away, he adds: “I’ve tried to explain that I’m a journalist. This is what it’s like. This is reporting freedom.”

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