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October 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Chinese government appears to be stepping up its crackdown on Western journalists attempting to cover issues and events that appear to be critical of the Communist regime. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists reported that on Monday plainclothes officers blocked a crew from Britain’s Sky News TV who were filming a group of protesters in Ningbo, southeastern Zhejiang province, where a new petrochemical plant is to be built. Riot police took the journalists from the scene, Sky News said. “We were pushed and dragged down a flight of steps, and our cameraman, Andy Portch, was kicked,” said Lisa Holland, foreign affairs correspondent for Sky News. Last Friday, Chinese officials blocked the New York Times‘s website after the newspaper published a report on the financial holdings of Premier Wen Jiabao’s family. The stepped-up censorship is occurring as the Communist Party Congress gets set to usher in new leadership in less than two weeks.