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Reporters in China Had the 3rd Most Dangerous Job

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 26, 2010

Five years ago, being a reporter in China was only less dangerous than being a cop, and a coal miner.

From the BBC

“BEIJING, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Being a reporter is the third most dangerous occupation in China, the official Xinhua news agency said, second only to miners and policemen. “An increasing number of reporters are obstructed, scolded, even beaten during interviews,” Xinhua said in a late-night report seen on Thursday. To help journalists injured on the job, a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang had set up a foundation, it said. “We decided to set up the foundation to arouse people’s concern about reporters’ health and safety,” Xinhua quoted Zhang Chengpu, vice-director of Shengjing Hospital, as saying. “The foundation will help reporters to pay part of their medical fees if they were attacked or wounded by accidents while doing interviews around Shenyang,” Zhang added.

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