Shocking footage that appears to show a journalist in China being shoved to the ground by a group of security guards to stop her from reporting has emerged.
In a video widely circulated online, the female reporter can be heard screaming for help while the uniformed men approached her and tried to block her camera outside a hospital in Qixia city, eastern Shandong province.
The journalist was being prevented by the officials from entering the facility to interview the survivors of a recent gold mine blast that had drawn international attention.
Shocking footage that appears to show a journalist in China being shoved to the ground by a group of security guards to stop her from reporting has emerged
In a video widely circulated online, the female reporter can be heard screaming for help while the uniformed men approached her and tried to block her camera outside a hospital in Qixia
The footage was filmed on Sunday afternoon when the reporter for local station Shandong Television, Cui Lixia, arrived at the Qixia People’s Hospital, according to the state outlet’s statement.
She was trying to interview the workers who had just been rescued following an explosion at a local gold mine in Qixia, a major gold-producing region under the administration of Yantai in coastal Shandong province.
The blast on January 10 has drawn attention around the world after 22 workers were trapped about 2,000 feet underground in the Hushan mine for two weeks.
According to the TV station, Ms Cui was stopped from entering the facility by the hospital’s security staff who claimed she ‘was blocking the relief route’.
In a video with a first-person view, a group of uniformed men can be seen approaching the female journalist while ordering her to stop filming, trying to push away her camera.
The reporter can be heard shouting repeatedly: ‘What are you doing?’
She then appears to have been pushed to the ground by the security guards as she screams for help.
The woman continues: ‘My leg, my leg is injured!’
In a video with a first-person view, a group of uniformed men can be seen approaching the female journalist while ordering her to stop filming, trying to push away her camera
As the footage became trending on social media, the Qixia government and the TV station both confirmed the incident today in separate statements, adding that it was a result of ‘failed communication’.
In the notice released by Shandong Television, Ms Cui said her left knee was injured after she ‘accidentally fell in the process’.
‘At the entrance, [I] was physically stopped by the security staff with their bodies,’ the reporter wrote.
‘They told me that the rescue mission was urgent and I shouldn’t be blocking the relief route. I was hoping to finish my interview soon, so I rushed to negotiate with the staff.
‘I accidentally fell and my left knee was injured in the process,’ Ms Cui said.
The Qixia government also confirmed the incident, saying that the security staff stopped the journalist from entering the hospital to ensure the smooth running of the rescue.
‘The reporter is in stable condition and both parties have cleared the misunderstanding,’ the authorities said.
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, rescuers carry a miner who was trapped in a gold mine in Qixia City in east China’s Shandong Province, Sunday
The news comes as Chinese rescuers Monday have found the bodies of nine workers killed in Qixia gold mind blast, raising the death toll to 10.
Eleven others were rescued a day earlier after being trapped underground for two weeks. One person was still missing.
The cause of the accident at the mine, which was under construction, is under investigation. The explosions on January 10 released 70 tonnes of debris that blocked a shaft, disabling elevators and trapping workers underground.
Rescuers drilled parallel shafts to send down food and nutrients and eventually bring up the survivors on Sunday.
Search efforts will continue for the remaining miner until he is found, said Chen Fei, the mayor of Yantai city, where the mine is located.