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The Dangerous Lives Of Chinese Miners, Policemen – and Reporters

There are certain jobs that are dangerous by their very nature. Fireman. Drug smuggler. Bodyguard. And then there are jobs that really shouldn't be dangerous, and yet are – in some countries at least. In the latter category is the job of reporter, which, in China, is the third most dangerous profession, after miner and policeman.

Reuters reports that a Shenyang hospital has now set up a foundation to help injured journalists, who "are obstructed, scolded, even beaten during interviews" in China. Early this year, a newspaper editor died as a result of a beating he took from traffic police for exposing high fees for electric bicycle licenses.

Interestingly, Reuters wrote this report off of a dispatch from Xinhua, China's official news agency. One wonders if the agency's decision to publish news about the dangers faced by journalists will have consequences for those involved. It's also important to note that, for journalists, working in China isn't just dangerous – it also carries the risk of going to jail. According to Reporters Without Borders, the country, which monitors news closely and censors reports it doesn't like, leads the world in jailing journalists.

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