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UNESCO chief condemns killing of Chinese reporter beaten by police officer

Continuing his campaign to spotlight the deplorable killing of journalists worldwide, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the beating death of a Chinese reporter by a police officer.“I condemn the killing of Xiao Guopeng,” declared Koïchiro Matsuura in a statement released in Paris on the incident, which took place in the province of Guizhou on 18 July. Welcoming the fact that the alleged perpetrator has been arrested, he said: “I trust that there will be a transparent investigation and trial to help prevent the recurrence of such events in the future.”According to Reporters Without Borders, the officer Pan Dengfeng beat the 39-year old reporter outside the building of his newspaper, Anshun. The police officer is said to have continued hitting Mr. Xiao when he was already on the ground, despite protests from a crowd of onlookers. Mr. Xiao was finally rushed to hospital where he died of cerebral haemorrhaging, Reporters Without Borders said. He is the second journalist to die as a result of a police beating in China this year. read more