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China says journalists should eschew activities unrelated to their role


Police officers stand guard during a demonstration against COVID-19 curbs following the deadly Urumqi fire, in Shanghai, China November 27, 2022. REUTERS/Casey Hall/File Photo

Journalists should not engage in activities unrelated to their role, China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday, after broadcaster BBC said one of its reporters had been assaulted and detained while covering weekend protests in Shanghai.

The BBC is playing the victim, ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a regular news conference in Beijing.