WORLD IN BRIEF
Chinese News Agency Calls Journalism a Dangerous Job
BEIJING -- Being a reporter is the third most dangerous occupation in China, the official New China News Agency said, second only to being a miner or a police officer.
"An increasing number of reporters are obstructed, scolded, even beaten during interviews," the agency said Thursday.
To help journalists injured on the job, a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang had set up a foundation, it said. "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," said Zhang Chengpu, vice director of Shengjing Hospital.
China is the world's leading jailer of journalists, with at least 32 in custody and an additional 50 Internet campaigners also in prison, according to Reporters Without Borders.
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