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August 20th, 2008
07:06 PM ET

Detained in Beijing

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/20/art.freetibet.jpg caption="Photo of “Ethnic Park” Protest taken by one of the detainees, Jeffrey Rae on August 13th"]

Brian Conley, creator of the well-known videoblog, Alive in Baghdad, was detained with his friend, Jeffrey Rae, early Tuesday, August 19th in Beijing. Their detention appears to have taken place at the same time as that of international artist James Powderly, whose detention was reported Tuesday. Three other bloggers and activists, Jeff Goldin, Michael Liss, and Tom Grant, have also been missing since Tuesday morning. Conley, 28, Rae, 28, Goldin, 40, Liss, 35, Grant, 39 are all American citizens.

The five “citizen journalists” and activists were in Beijing to support and promote human rights, freedom of expression, and freedom for the Tibetan people. They and numerous others have acted as an independent media centre for the dozens of pro-Tibet activists in Beijing who have sought to draw attention to the Chinese government’s occupation of during the Olympics. Rae and Conley shot and released online high-resolution photographs and footage of the recent protest by Students for a Free Tibet supporters at the Chinese Ethnic Culture Park.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Sharon

    Is it legal in China for foreigners to protest for anything?

    People should think before they act.

    I hope the US Ambassadors can assist and help them

    August 20, 2008 at 9:37 pm |
  2. Heather,Ca,US

    What did they think was going to happen? It's a communist country! They have no free press! If they had official press credentials and had done the same thing they would have been detained.The only thing the press can report on in China is the Olympics or reporting on China is nothing but a positive light.The government even monitors internet and phone usage.I don't understand why this is a big deal.The entire thing of having China host is a joke.The min a reporter decides to report on Tibet they are grabbed by the Chinese police and questioned. It's all fake.What they did was admirable but they had to know what was going to happen.

    August 20, 2008 at 7:49 pm |
  3. Melissa, Los Angeles

    It doesn't surprise me that they're imprisoned. China wants to portray the perfect image and anyone who challenges that will be done away with. I'm kind of surprised though that they didn't get upset with the Spanish basketball players demeaning Chinese facial features in an ad nor the Argentine female soccer players. Perhaps the crashing of the plane in Spain is karma for it all anyway.

    August 20, 2008 at 7:48 pm |