Filming me, filming you
A group of pro-Tibet campaigners held a protest early on Friday morning outside the headquarters of Chinese state TV. I went along to have a look.
Interesting points to note. The police arrived very quickly but they took their time in getting rid of the protestors. Officers cordoned off the area below the protestors and waited for them to scale to the top of the wall. Once the protestors got to the top, they were detained and their Tibetan flags confiscated. From what I could tell from the street, there were no scuffles between the police and the demonstrators.
There were plenty of people filming what was going on - but the majority were police cameramen and photographers (it appears to be standard police practice in China for the police to get video evidence of both protestors and of the reporters who cover them.) So, as we pointed our camera towards the pro-Tibet demonstrators, a number of police officers stood next to us and pointed their cameras towards us.
At one point, one official-looking man tried to stop us from filming. But, after a few minutes, he gave up. No one else got in our way or stopped us from working. Passers-by heading off to work didn't appear to notice the protest at all. They certainly won't get to read about it in the Chinese state media.
The Sydney Morning Herald has published what it says is a list of 21 edicts from the Communist Party's propaganda unit to the media in China. The edicts tell Chinese reporters what they can and cannot cover during the Olympic Games. The rules, as described in the newspaper, are clear - no coverage of pro-Tibetan protests.