A distressing video shared online shows several police officers wrestling Edward Lawrence to the ground before hauling him away.
Shocking video shows a BBC journalist being punched and kicked by Chinese police while being detained for reporting the unprecedented demonstrations in Shanghai over Covid lockdown restrictions.
A video taken from above shows a group of Chinese officers wrestling a white guy to the ground before arresting and pulling him away. The guy in the video has been identified as BBC global reporter Ed Lawrence.
The organisation expressed “extreme concern” over the treatment of Ed Lawrence, who was “beaten and kicked” during his detention because he was an authorised journalist. According to the BBC, Mr Lawrence was detained for many hours before being freed.
In the Express, A BBC spokesperson said: “The BBC is extremely concerned about the treatment of our journalist Ed Lawrence, who was arrested and handcuffed while covering the protests in Shanghai. He was held for several hours before being released. During his arrest, he was beaten and kicked by the police. This happened while he was working as an accredited journalist.
“It is very worrying that one of our journalists was attacked in this way whilst carrying out his duties. We have had no official explanation or apology from the Chinese authorities, beyond a claim by the officials who later released him that they had arrested him for his own good in case he caught Covid from the crowd. We do not consider this a credible explanation.”