ITN reporter arrested for filming Free Tibet demonstration

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for those of you wondering if i'm sad about getting deported, i'm not. i'm happy to have my freedom and highlight the plight the media faces covering the olympics. since my return, i've now seen the mainstream media use aliased emails, code words for sensitive topics, and rely on anonymous internet drop boxes for posting timely stories. it's unbelievable that even olympic reporters must use spy-vs-spy tactics to file their stories.

in my video from t^2 not only do you see a protest, but at the tail end i was able to capture the assault of CBC's beijing correspondent. not only was he attacked, but his passport was pick-pocketed.

a shortened version of the events

within the past 24 we're hearing about an ITN reporter "arrested" with another group of Free Tibet protesters (though the chinese don't consider being led away being arrested). John Ray, "a fully accredited China correspondent", was detained for 20 mins and sustained minor injuries. below is the video, and i'm sure this will not be the last western journalist assaulted for covering protests in China.

a quick update and timeline of story

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the two brothers

as it seems that my mind is unable to keep up with the flurry of updates surrounding this story, i want to lay out a timeline for reporters and fellow bloggers to clearly understand. i've seen a few miss prints and want to clear the air.

1 - 2 Aug Photos - Depart for Beijing, China from New York City.

3 Aug Photos - Walk around Beijing and see sites.

4 Aug Photos - Visit the Summer Palace.

5 Aug Photos - Visit the "Bird's Nest" and hang out in the Lake District.

6 Aug Photos - AM Banner Drop at "Bird's Nest" (Video 1 - Video 2) & the infamous ESPN blog post.

7 Aug Photos - Working day for To-Do's and errand running.

8 Aug Photos - Visit to Tiananmen Square (Video - Crowd Control 1, 2, 3) & Opening Day (Videos - Elvis, Location, Crowd Control).

9 Aug Photos - Tiananmen Square "Die-In" (Video) and CBC reporter assaulted and passport pick pocketed (Video).

10 Aug Photos - Second Tiananmen Square protest, detention & deportation to USA (Video).

11 Aug - Arrival in USA (while in transit from LA, Chicago, and NYC, twitter updates are reflected on facebook wall status.) at 7.45 pm, steve spurgat notifies me that my f'wall updates no longer what i posted but instead are replaced my a code Fred Benenson blog post. (qik videos - Arrival in NYC, at Newark, Arrival in NYC, in Taxi Cab, Culture Shock)

12 Aug - Interviews with media - Democracy Now, and initial contact with facebook with Adam Conner from Facebook's DC office. Evening post on BoingBoing.

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on the luck of seven was an open-source, around the world project by noel hidalgo, a new york city based activist, organizer, barcamper and coworker.

for seven months, he traversed the globe. using a new media voodo (blog, vlog, wiki, flickr, couchsurfing, twitter, myspace, dopplr, and facebook), noneck harnessed the collective knowledge of the internet, and report on seven topics of freedom. this trip was funded by 253 people and supported, house, fed, and loved by countless others.

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