Journalistic community condemns attack on Global Times reporter

Journalistic community condemns attack on Global Times reporter

Global Times reporter Fu Guohao, attacked by radical protesters at Hong Kong International Airport. He was carrying out his reporting duties, when he was beaten and tied up by radical protesters, China Daily reports.

Radical protesters seized, brutally assaulted and seriously injured the reporter at the airport. According to witnesses, Fu was wearing a bright yellow vest with a “Press” label. The rioters pinned him to the ground, seized his belongings and an “I love Hong Kong Police” T-shirt from him, as others tried to step in and stop the violence. Fu was seen rolling on the ground with bruises on his body and his head bleeding. Paramedics arrived at the airport but had little access to Fu as protesters surrounded the area and tried to obstruct ambulance staff from entering to help.

Global Times reporters informed the Hong Kong police about the incident. Fu was transferred to a hospital.

Observers, in this regard, note that attacks on journalists for reporting from the spots are condemned around the world. “The behavior cannot be justified and does not deserve forgiveness,” Shen Yi, a professor at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University, told.

Posts condemning the Hong Kong rioters as terrorists and wishing the reporter well have flooded WeChat moment and Sina Weibo.

“Fu showed the courage of a decent Chinese man,” Mei Xinyu, a research fellow with the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation under the Ministry of Commerce of China, said.

“For such a great country as ours, the most important thing is that the society should build consensus and take actions to restore order,” Mei noted.