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Fifth local journalist in month beaten

ANOTHER award-wining news photographer was beaten up by two men, suffering a bone fracture on his chest yesterday when he was taking pictures of their sedan illegally parked in a bicycle lane.

Lu Haitao, a journalist with the Oriental Morning Post, one of the city's popular newspapers, is the fifth reporter in Shanghai to be beaten up during legal journalistic activities in one month.

Lu was riding his bicycle and taking pictures about 4pm on Chongqing Road M. near Jinling Road W. in downtown Huangpu District for a news topic on the city's cycling conditions when he saw a car illegally parking in a bicycle lane, according to Lu's colleague surnamed Liu.

A car occupying the bike lane near a huge bicycle sign - Lu thought it was a good example of the hardships for cyclists so he took several pictures.

But two men immediately got out of the sedan, which had a car plate from Anhui Province, and asked Lu to delete the pictures, Liu said. When Lu refused to delete the photos, the two men tried to grab his camera and one of them kicked down Lu's bicycle.

The two men then beat the photographer, kicking him on the ground for about eight minutes before police arrived, Liu said.

A statement of Huangpu police last night described the altercation as a "body conflict" between Lu and the two men.

"Fortunate for the young man that the police arrived in time, or I fear that the two men may beat him to death," said a passer-by who witnessed the scene.

The two men warned Lu they would beat him whenever they see him again, the witness said.

Lu was diagnosed by doctors to have a bone fracture in his chest, ligament injuries to his right leg and several bruises.

The two men were taken by police for investigation. One of the two men told the police that his parents were military officers, according to Liu.

Lu earned his fame with a set of photos shot inside the debris of the high-rise residential building that caught fire on November 15, 2010. He earned several national and international photo prizes.

Lu's case followed a similar one last Friday when Yong He, 56, an award-winning photographer and two other news photographers were beaten up by 20-plus construction workers when taking pictures at a demolition site in downtown Huangpu District.

Police detained two workers involved in that incident. All three journalists were injured.

On April 21, a Shanghai-based reporter was manhandled while doing interviews after a football game in Dalian. Tao Xingying, a reporter for the Xinmin Evening Post, was interviewing a coach when she was obstructed by Guo Jun, secretary of the Dalian Football Association.


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