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47 Tibet activists arrested during Games

August 24, 2008

AP
August 23, 2008

At least 47 foreign pro-Tibetan activists are reported to have been
expelled and 22 foreign journalists detained or manhandled by police
or other authorities during the Beijing Olympics.

The Paris-based media monitor group Reporters Without Borders said
among those detained were two American video bloggers sentenced to
10-day prison terms for "disrupting public order".

At least 50 Beijing-based human rights activists had been detained,
harassed or forced to leave the Chinese capital, it said.

In China, Beijing Public Security Bureau spokesman Wang Wenjie
declined to comment about the report, saying he did not have overall figures.

Reporters Without Borders' leader Robert Menard said Chinese
authorities' pre-Games pledges "about media freedom and the right to
protest were an illusion".
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