Pretty TV Reporter Attacked By Shandong Village Official

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From NetEase:

You may have seen the news reports that I made about the chopping of trees in Niujia Village, Lihe town, Dezhou/Linyi city during which I was shoved around by the village director.

Yesterday, the village director and other local government officials came to Qilu TV Station to apologize.  The village director also said that he has repaired the outhouse destroyed by the fallen trees and paid compensation.

So I thought that this was how the issue was resolved.  Since they apologized sincerely and I had no personal stake, this was good enough for the villagers.

But I was angry when I found out from villagers that the TV news program was scheduled to run at 6pm, but the Linyi government cut off the signal to Qilu TV at 5:55pm and restored it only at 9pm!

Also, the village director lied when he said that he repaired the outhouse.  Up to this moment, the village director has neither apologized to the villagers nor repaired the outhouse.

Now I am really angry!  What is this!?  Did he come to apologize just to make the TV station not report the case anymore?  How can this kind of village director do anything good for the villagers?

So this case is not finished.  I will go back to that village and help the villagers win their rights back!

So let us take a look at the village director who hit me — Tan Zhuanhe.

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It was like this: I walked out of the village government office and he was there waiting for me.  I told him that I was going to the village with him.  He said fiercely: “Go, let’s go to the village!”  I asked, “What kind of attitude is that?”  Suddenly he swung his fist and hit me in the temple.  I was stunned.  I reacted and yelled: “What are you doing!”

He raised his hand and slapped me.  Here is the moment captured by the camera [note: which is about 3 minutes into the YouKu video].

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Then he let a man wearing a t-shirt grab the camera in order to shut it off.  My cameraman Wang Xiaolong hung on to the equipment, but that man snatched off the battery.  During this period, the village director grabbed my throat and punched me twice again.  He was later stopped by another village cadre.

During this episode, the town government party secretary named Ying stood on the side and watched with arms akimbo.  He did not intercede.  When I asked secretary Ying for help, he turned around and walked away.

I thought that this affair was over.  But when I learned that they cut off the Qilu TV signal and neither apologized to nor compensated the villagers, I decided to struggle all the way with this Linyi village director!

The above translation was from EastSouthWestNorth. He report this news faster than me. This is the video of the attack:

The NetEase post was reposted from the reporter Wang Xi’s blog. Below are some comments that I had prepared last evening.

Comments from NetEase:

jason16816:

Right now is the Communist Party’s world, and when us ordinary citizens face this kind of situation, what can we do?

hw2006888:

Support Wang Xi!!! There are a lot of these kinds of land owners [village bosses/heads] in those remote places where law enforcement is lax. Next time you go interview, I recommend you bring anti-rape spray!!!

yuegangfb:

Village cadres have liability, rural cadres have administrative liability, resolutely investigate their legal liability. These two are both Party cadres, so our Party committee should come out to give an explanation.

leileihong16:

Such an loss of face for Shandong people, truly not a man…

zs-ht:

Reporters are even more powerful than gods, and you still dare hit her? Go ahead and hit her, otherwise the internet will not have anything to do. Make this bigger and you will soon become famous.

byy1023:

This is the consequence of you putting your nose in other people’s business! There are too many black [corrupt] places in China, so the problems of a village is a hair of nine cows [a drop in the ocean]. If you really have the ability, go find the problem at the root/source and then solve that problem.

wlbhlh:

This kind of village leader are the scum and trash of the civil servants. He has lost face for the Chinese Communist Party to foreigners.
Village secretaries need to be party members. Those who do not work for the people are all dogs.
He must be made to apologize to the entire country’s people!!! Especially to Shandong people.

dwh.gy:

Look at these officials, even daring to attack the media, so how much respect could they have for the ordinary common people? I think it the ordinary common people should raid/ransack/pillage his home!

yaoaihuagf:

If it were an ordinary person who attacked others, he definitely would have been arrested. However, the moment the assailant has some power, the police stands by and does nothing!
Hitting someone like this, why only an apology? Is it okay for me to first hit you and then just say sorry?
With this and we wonder why that little village’s leader is so arrogant/cocky? If it were a higher official, even beating you to death would be no big deal!

wdc347702600:

Everyone be strong. The strength of the netizens’ voice is great…poor Wang Xi [the reporter]…

龙翔八方:

This is not a small matter. If we want to reform social phenomenon like this, it must start from every little thing. I seriousl support!!!

duolingjiao:

Broadcast this on television! This village leader is not far away from his death/demise!

xujing305305:

This is what this society is like. The ordinary common people are the most honest and also the most bullied/exploited!

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  • malagebi

    Sofa king NB

  • great master harmony

    Why are they angry?

    this director is a very respected and powerful man. HE represent the village wich is defending itself against barbarian forigners comming unasked, sniffing around and sticking their nouses into internal affairs of this very old and traditional village!

    HOW DARES SHE! WHO IS SHE THING SHE IS!!?

    • lenovo

      There is no foreigners involved here, the reporter is from a state owned TV channel.

      • too yellow

        and village officials aren’t technically an official, Since Chinese government technically only go down to the township level, and everyone below that are “leadership positions” specified by the township office. (similar to group manager/directors (科长) equivalently in cites)

        • great master harmony

          very different from the place to the place. so is chinese communist party going down to the family and comunity and persona-level.

      • great master harmony

        the truth abiout chinese: everyone who is from outside of the village IS A DIRTY BARBARIAN FORIGNER!

      • dodo

        you are chinese, yep. you dont understand sarcasm and many other things too. read his post again…

        • Dre

          you are not so smart, yep. you don’t think really much at all like many others. don’t let yourself guided by prejudice…

    • shin

      This does not give him the right to “smack a bitch”.
      Coward!…like most Chinese dudes.

  • http://www.jaydwang.com dingding

    why did that reporter speak in the third person? to me, that’s sort of ridiculous…

  • reporting?

    The role of “reporters” in China needs to be watched. She was really pushing for a fight with this one. She should report the facts, not go in all guns blazing in representing the people behind her. Let the story tell itself Wang Xi, don’t get so emotionally involved and confrontational.

    • Josh

      This is an important point to make on the role of reporters in China vs. the west. In the west, it’s expected that reporters go in guns blazing and shooting from the hip. But no one dares to hit a reporter, because once you’ve done that, you’re shitcanned for good.

      In China, who gives a fuck? The party controls the media, just like everything else. If they say something the party doesn’t like, just pull the plug. Problem solved.

      • Diego

        That’s bullshit. We have latino reports in LA that go in guns blazing and they get pushed, prodded and screwed around all the time and nobody likes their confrontational atittude.

        • Josh

          Yeah, but are they physically abused by government officials?

    • chris

      real reporters have always to be critical against the power.That’s what a reporters and journalist should do.

      She is a hero in a country where reporters and journalist are mostly just doing propaganda or doing it to gain eventually more “guanxi”…

    • Bruce Tutty

      You feel punching someone asking question is an acceptable path?…which branch of government do you work for?

  • MB

    LOL . . . what a dick. I’d like to see that piece of shit try that on 60 Minutes.

  • VeerLeft

    Wow…talk about handsome.

  • Shenzhen Lau Wai

    These corrupt local officials need to be all lined up and photographed in front of their late-model European cars and then led away to labour camps.

    • J(/@,|,e\)L–SPACEMAN

      4 real. Chinese gov. ought to do some good for humanity and trade these guys plus all their properties for Luaura Ling and Enua Lee.

      • yellow master race

        here the real reality: chinese goverment would just tell her and her team what she wants to hear, then were going to do what chinese goverment himself wants to do and the next day she would just be fired and her family forced to move into other town or country.. look! no fights and traditional body-language.. just all-encompassing harmony and peace……

      • Bruce Tutty

        You live in a dictatorship

  • luis zhang

    you know,it`s not the first episode,there are so many like this happen in the mysterious country ,everyday.

    • Sushi

      mysterious is the new harmony!

  • Fcuk Da Lu Ren

    Why are you guys all so surprised. chinese men hit Chinese women everyday all day.

    • the tank man

      what you subman typing from and what’s the skin color of your daddy ?

    • kodi

      I noticed that women are often battered here…… Actually many battered women all over the world, however its very different when a Chinese man does it in China and a foreigner does it in China. If a Chinese man does it its an internal issue, but if a foreign man does it its a national crisis and they have to draft new policies to deal with it……..

      Just don’t hit women period!!!! Backward country bumpkins!

  • Should have learned to duck, guess she missed that lesson in Kung Fu class.

  • bert

    Why do all these “officals” always look the same? haha

  • Easternroamer

    Go girl! Nothing like a little provocation to get the story rolling!

    Mind you, he does look like a slippery, slimey little shit. One contributor is right, Chinese men do beat on women all the time, see it every day. Is this like some ‘cultural trait’ passed down over the past 5,000 years? You naughty, nasty foreigners should respect the ways of master race!

    • yellow master race

      “Borat” and “Brüno” anyone?

    • Bruce Tutty

      Master race, wow you did use heavy sarcasm for that….trying so hard to catch up with everyone else.

  • VeerLeft

    There are tons of men beating wives, waitresses, hostesses, hookers etc. Men here will hit women like they stole something. IN PUBLIC… because they know that nobody will interfere, as usual.
    Seen it happen, and had girls relate the stuff they’ve seen or had happen to them.

    And tankman, please clarify your post.

    • Our China

      Yeah. I’ve seen more women being hit by men during my time here in anihC than I have in my whole life spent in other countries.

      On one occasion I walked over and stood opposite the man 以为ing that my presence would deter him from hitting her again. He kept on though… unfamiliar with the foreign concept of a stranger helping someone in trouble, I guess.

      • MLSH

        re: abuse in public..
        saw a kid, probably 5 or 6 years old–get kicked by a lady last night. I was shocked–I she kicked him like she was kicking a ball halfway across a field. The kid fell, cried, and ran away. What provoked her? the kid dropped a bag with a container of food in it on the ground. Nothing spilled and everything was still visibly in the box, in the box (obviously not ruined. I glared at the woman, but realized I wasn’t even sure what to do, as I’ve never encountered such blatant child abuse..

    • Bruce Tutty

      China may be a large country, but it is still mostly in the 18th century.

  • ziggypop

    He looks a bit like David Carradine.

    Just sayin’

  • koma

    I don’t understand Chinese, but, according to video, story was made very personal, in “me, and only me” fashion. Story about wood was secondary from first place. She provoked action. Cadre was just enough stupid to fall on her’s provocation and hit her.

    He didn’t heard about PR.

    I don’t justify him. Her reporting style wasn’t proper. He should be sentenced and striped-off from position.

    • Bruce Tutty

      her reporting style was perfect for someone trying to get people freed from “only the state matters”, when the state is failing so badly for the people of this village.

      Go protect someone who is worthy of it, not some local menace

  • Fat American

    Anyone want to guess the outcome of this?

    My guess: the station will apologize that the reporter was “too extreme” in her reporting style, and the corrupt brute will suffer no consequences.

    • Rick in China

      I would bet china’s netizens will bring enough ‘clout’ to the face of officials being aggressive and evil against the majority countryside, the officials involved will be fired, and the cause the reporter was fighting for will be taken care of – then perhaps silently in the near future an excuse/reason will be made to have the reporter fired, but nobody will hear about it.

  • KTR

    you have him assaulting you on camera, sue the bastard!

    • http://www.sinopenn.com Eric D

      Not anymore. The video is gone.

  • qwerty

    As always the video is censored. But they could not make youtube delete video…. no wonder we can not access anymore youtube.
    except if you use proxy such as http://www.hotspotshield.com/

    >_<

  • http://www.QingdaoChinaGuide.com Qingdao

    What Thugs – no need to resort to violence! This definitely tarnishes Shandong’s reputation of having some of the nicest people in China. I would have expected this to happen in DongBei, but not in my backyard.

  • sh

    What’s so suprising ? For everyone exposed, there are probally a thounsand of them hiding somewhere cheating the people and scheming on how to steal more money from the state and the people ! I think China should impose the Feudal system of Law to keep these bastards in check ! I also hope one day his own child be treated the same or worst by others, perhaps some officials from another township ! You will never know what is pain unless you are sliding down a rough wooden pole without your pants.

    • AndyR

      No, the problem is they still haven’t gone beyond the Feudal System of Law in some places (despite that whole Communist revolution thing…)

  • yan

    these photos are fake! maybe modified by photoshop or something ! nobody could find out ?

    • Bruce Tutty

      you don’t know do you

  • katie

    Wow. That is so disgusting.

  • Omer

    Investigation Teams should go and enquire the situation of people in every village and every town. If the people are not happy the directors should be replaced immediately. It is must for the efficient production and progress of the country. Small things become huge if not taker care of. China is a huge country. Utilize its capacities to the fullest.

  • http://www.orienthq.com Eamon

    Very rage indeed… I have meet many people like these, easily tempered and starts throwing punches… :/

  • chinahundredyears

    China will be a great country if the top leadership starts punishing everyone below who abused their power and reward those cadres/officals who report the abuse. I am sure there are countless of cadres and officials with integrity waiting to take over the leadership positions in the respective towns.

    • fuzzybeard2016

      How do you think the top leadership became top leadership? They trampled over other people on their way top the top, that’s how!

      There is a saying about politics: “Politics is like sausage making; if you knew the details of how either is made, you would run off into the night screaming like a little girl!”

    • Bruce Tutty

      You feel very sure about someone you have no knowledge of, as everyone else here knows that they would be replaced by another corrupt official.

  • Dude

    China will forever be like this until the communist government is out forever or at least held to accountability in some way. A one party system could be beneficial in terms of stability but there is no accountability. Give the power to the people! With websites such as this, ordinary people can be given power and a voice. Long live the Chinese! Down with the corrupt government!

  • haun

    No offense, but let’s put it this way instead, USA will forever invade and kill other country until the democratic government is out forever or at lest held accountable in some ways.

    There is nothing wrong with the theory of communism. It is the people that is the problem. Chinese officials are known to be corrupt to some intend through out the history. Current chinese government does acknowledge that corruption is going wrong and is working hard to eradicate.

    Give Chinese government some time to work thing out. Look how long it took US and other European countries to get to where they are.

    Having said all that, that man should be trialed and send to jail.

    Just one more point, for all of you that kept on saying this is what chinese are like then here is something for you as well, it is true that all white are murderer and racist that tries to invade other countries and eradicate all other races.

    • Bruce Tutty

      what?!…you really need to watch more international news, instead of having rants like this

    • Bruce Tutty

      Judging by this, you wouldn’t know the truth if someone explained it slowly to you.

    • Bruce Tutty

      This makes very little sense in English

  • fireworks

    There will also be local officials lying through their teeth and pretending to be resolving disputes. To switch of the local tv transmission is just mean as it is the only communications the laobaixing rely on to keep the local officials on their toes and do their job properly.

  • Manny Delturo

    What in the world happened there, he looks like such a nice young man in those pictures…NOT!

  • Hardlifeinchina

    Harmonious Life

  • blog

    People, you do not know about politics. You people in the city ask for justice, but the village cadre is justice, and he in turn will do what is best for the village and people. If its insufficient, its the insufficiency of human character of self-first. This is a oligopoly country, not a democratic one, please understand. We have chosen it, we must endure it.

    • Peter

      That is a funny one! You have chose it? I’d like to understand that a little better. Care to explain? This has to be a joke, surely.

  • Fman

    Big surprise here government official hit a reporter, all of it on film and oops! it’s been pulled off the site… No I can’t say I’m surprised… Not only about what happened but the fact the video is pulled.

  • Charlie

    Takes a little man to hit a woman. It is confusing to understand a news stations job there. Are they not there to report both sides of the story? This government official needs to learn how to use the media, not slap at it. Just shows he is a little man in more ways than one.

  • Rick Pyles

    What can we do! We can stop buying anything made in China or from anyplace .The people have that power which is really greater than any government.We the people need toget off our lazy ****** and solve these problems.There are republican and democrats in congress but no Americans.The bicker over bull and solve nothing,just to see who gets more air time.

  • Dr SUN

    Damn hitting a woman, that found out that you are a corrupt dog cheating your own people.

    What a man.

  • Sushi

    You have a future in the BS department of the CCP!

    I don’t think I can match your skill, but my attempt to spin corruption: “Going to Chinese sauna’s is just preparing the young rural women of China for marriage by allowing them to improve their wifely skills.”

  • great master harmony

    He looks incredibly stupid.–

    i dont know where you are from, but most east-asians use this “samurai-pose”(for people who growed up with hollywood it looks maybe stupid) to tell you, they are seriously(!) going to beat your shit out off you..

    BTW, The great british-american actor Lee, Bruce used such body-language-acting to treath his film-enemies.(ok.. he had better camera-man and regiseur educated in hollywood and his poses looks cooler.)

    south-asians (strating in middle Canton) love to point the finger and make “angry-monkey-face” at you. but it means not they will beat the shit out of you. (mostly it means; they are going to yell and scream the shit out off you.)

    BTW. the great British-honkognese actor Jacky Chan used such finger-point-body-language in his comedies and martial-art-films, where he pointed everyone he was angry at with his finger..

    — then the solution is not to attack people—

    dude, in chinese traditional culture the chef of Village is a mafia, police, gambler, pimp and the justice in the same time. He just played his job very well and got misunderstanded by people from non-traditional chinese circle.

  • Bruce Tutty

    His job appears to be corruption and violence, but as long as it a tradition its ok?

  • Dconn

    If he was black they would have killed him in the police station

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