Chinese Journalist’s Arrest Shows State Media Fight For Ruling Party

The recent arrest of a Chinese state TV journalist on suspicion of assault on the fringes of a U.K. political event highlights Beijing’s expectation that its journalists act as a “shining sword” for the ruling Chinese Communist Party, analysts said on Tuesday.

British police released a journalist with the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV without charge late on Monday after she was accused of slapping a volunteer during a fringe event of the ruling Conservative Party conference in Birmingham.

A video of the incident posted by the rights group Hong Kong Watch showed CCTV reporter Kong Linlin hitting the hand of party member and conference volunteer Enoch Lieu as he repeatedly put his hand on her upper arm, prodding her and ordering her to leave.

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