Daily Yomiuri | August 6, 2008

BEIJING–An NTV reporter and a photographer from The Tokyo Shimbun were beaten and temporarily detained by Chinese police in Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region while reporting a bombing incident that killed 16 police there Monday, according to the Japanese Embassy in Beijing.

The two suffered minor injuries after they were beaten in detention, the embassy said.

According to an NTV spokesman, a 37-year-old reporter, a TV camera operator and a Chinese assistant were working near a paramilitary border patrol facility, when a group of border patrol policemen detained the reporter at the facility at about 10:50 p.m., on Monday. The reporter was punched in the face several times, the spokesman said.

As they were bringing him into the facility, the police told the reporter that pictures of the facility were prohibited, NTV said. The reporter was released about two hours later.

The spokesman said: “The crew wasn’t filming at the time [the reporter was detained]. We regret that the reporter was beaten even though he acted according to procedures.”

Meanwhile, a 38-year-old Tokyo Shimbun photographer was surrounded by a group of paramilitary policemen in Kashgar at about 10:45 p.m., on Monday as he took photographs, a Tokyo Shimbun spokesman said.

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