On Tuesday, the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China, along with the FCC's of Hong Kong and Shanghai, released a statement saying they were (quote) "extremely concerned" over incidents of foreign journalists being "threatened, harrassed, or even beaten" while reporting in China.
The statement lists four incidents from July 28th to August 13th where journalists have been harrassed or assaulted and had their equipment confiscated.
The FCC's joint statement also added that there is a (quote) "clear risk of serious physical harm to journalists merely carrying out their professional duties in China."
A board member of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China, Claudia Trevisan told
US official broadcaster, Voice of America that the violence and harrassment could stem from nervousness in China's ruling Communist regime in face of a leadership transition later this year.
It is believed state security forces have been involved in some of the attacks.