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VOA Reporters Freed After Hours-long Detention by Chinese Authorities

Voice of America's Mandarin Service correspondent and a multimedia journalist working for VOA were detained for at least six hours Monday evening by Chinese authorities while interviewing a retired Chinese professor who was taken away by police during a live television interview with VOA nearly two weeks ago. Correspondent Yibing Feng and VOA contractor Allen Ai were taken into custody in Jinan, Shandong province after talking to professor Sun Wenguang, 84, through the closed door of his apartment. Sun told Feng details of his detention and thanked VOA for allowing him to express his freedom of speech on the air. Police who were in the apartment building attempted to interrupt the interview and then separately detained both reporters. The VOA reporters said they were taken in separate vehicles to undisclosed locations on the university campus by men who identified themselves as contract security guards. They were freed before dawn Tuesday...

 

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