Journalism Watchdog Condemns Killing of Chinese Reporter

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A global media watchdog on Wednesday condemned the recent killing of a Chinese reporter and urged authorities to do all they could to bring the perpetrators to justice.

China Trade News reporter Lan Chengzhang died on Jan. 10, one day after he was beaten by unknown assailants while conducting interviews for an assignment at a coal mine in Shanxi, a northern province that is a center of the country’s notoriously dangerous and corrupt mining industry.

The Vienna-based International Press Institute said in a statement it was “deeply disturbed” by the killing and noted that in 2006, two other journalists died in China after being beaten.

“The killing of investigative journalists in China threatens to discourage this most important kind of journalism,” IPI Director Johann Fritz said in the statement. “IPI therefore urges the Chinese authorities to do everything in their power to make sure that the perpetrators of such crimes are brought to justice according to international standards.”

Chinese police have launched a manhunt for 20 suspects believed responsible for the fatal beating of the journalist, the country’s state media said earlier Wednesday.

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