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Peking raps US reporter over story on dissident

By With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around the World, Edited by Clara Germani / September 22, 1981


Chinese authorities accused the Washington Post's Peking correspondent, Michael Weisskopf, of defying regulations for foreign journalists in a report about a jailed Chinese dissident last week.

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Other journalists wrote similar reports based on a manuscript smuggled out of a chinese labor camp and described by informed Chinese sources as genuine. The manuscript, by dissident Liu Qing, told how he was severely beaten and forced to wear manacles. But Mr. Liu appeared more concerned with the basis of China's political and legal system than with describing life in the camps.