July 6, 2006
Chinese police held a German journalist for five hours after he spoke to villagers about controversial plans to dam the Nu River in Yunnan province.
Beijing: Police on Thursday detained a German journalist who was attempting to investigate controversial plans to dam the Nujiang river in south-western China’s Yunnan province. Georg Blume, a correspondent for Die Zeit newspaper, said he was taken away by police for ‘illegal reporting’ on Thursday afternoon while he was speaking to villagers about plans to resettle them to make way for one proposed dam. Blume was held for about five hours at a police station in Liuku town in Yunnan’s Lushui county, close to China’s border with Myanmar (Burma), he told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa by telephone. Police and local officials demanded that Blume destroy the notes and film of his interviews in Lushui’s Shaba village, but he said they ‘made a compromise’ after a ‘long-winded process.’ Blume said he handed over some of his material but kept anything that could allow the police to press charges against people he had interviewed. . . . He signed a statement agreeing not to conduct any more interviews and was allowed to remain in the area overnight as a ‘tourist.
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