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Chinese news assistant detained ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

Published on May 28, 2014 9:16 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Foreign media workers Wednesday expressed alarm at Beijing's detention of a Chinese employee with a Japanese newspaper, the latest in a series of arrests before the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown.

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China said it was "alarmed and deeply concerned" by reports of the detention of Xin Jian, which "raise the disturbing possibility that she is being punished for the routine discharge of her professional duty on behalf of her employer".

"The FCCC calls on the authorities to present evidence that Ms Xin has broken the law or, in the absence of such evidence, to release her immediately," it said in a statement.

Xin, an assistant for Japan's Nikkei newspaper working in the southwestern megacity of Chongqing, was taken away from her home by police on May 13, the paper said earlier.

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