Chinese State Media Reporter Charged with Assault After Fracas

A reporter for the Chinese Communist Party’s state broadcaster has been charged with common assault after a confrontation with organizers and volunteers at a fringe event of the ruling Conservative Party conference in Birmingham last month.

A video of the incident posted by the rights group Hong Kong Watch at the time showed China Central Television (CCTV) reporter Kong Linlin being escorted from the venue on Sept. 30.

CCTV said at the time that Kong had been released without charge “after diplomatic pressure,” but West Midlands Police have said she has now been charged with common assault and is scheduled to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Nov. 7.

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