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On camera, BBC journalist in China dragged to ground by cops during protests

BBC camerperson Edward Lawrence was held for several hours, beaten and kicked in Shanghai, the broadcaster said in a statement.

November 28, 2022 / 10:56 AM IST
(Image credit: Screengrab from video tweeted by @Shanghaishang10)

(Image credit: Screengrab from video tweeted by @Shanghaishang10)


A BBC journalist was arrested and assaulted by the police while covering the protests in China against the zero-Covid policy. A video on social media showed the police in Shanghai dragging him to the ground and handcuffing him, while protestors shouted slogans in the background.


The journalist is Edward Lawrence, a cameraperson for the BBC’s China Bureau.

A statement from the BBC said he was held by the police for several hours, beaten and kicked.

"It is very worrying that one of our journalists was attacked in this way whilst carrying out his duties," the broadcaster added. "We have had no official apology from the Chinese authorities."