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China frees Finnish reporter and cameraman

Chinese authorities have freed a Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) reporter and a cameraman, the public broadcaster said Friday.

The pair, together with a Chinese builder they were supposed to interview, the worker's brother-in-law and an interpreter, had been arrested Friday morning in Henan province. All five were subsequently released.

YLE said Pirkko Pöntinen, the reporter, and Mika Mattila had wanted to interview the builder, employed at an Olympic site in Beijing, for a feature that was not critical of the Chinese government. The Chinese police said the journalists had entered an area to which foreigners were banned from travelling.

Date posted: May 17, 2008 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 433