British TV reporter detained by Chinese police while broadcasting live

A British TV correspondent was detained by Chinese police while broadcasting live from Tiananmen Square Friday.

Sky News’ Mark Stone was reporting on live TV about China’s leadership transition when a Chinese cop told him and his camera operator to stop.  Although Sky News says it had permission to film in the square, an officer asked them to accompany him to a local police station.  

According to Sky News, the Chinese police said they were not displaying their press passes correctly and Stone was not carrying his passport, which is required.  

The team kept the camera rolling throughout the incident, giving the British TV audience an unusual viewing experience.  Stone narrated his trip in the police van as the startled newscaster asked him questions.

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“This is a slightly surreal situation, I have to say,”  anchor Anna Jones said on-air.

 “This is a little insight really into the way reporting works in China, “ Stone said. “Most of the time, things are fine and for most of the day no problems at all, but every now and then this happens. The police have been entirely civil with us.”

Stone later returned to Sky’s Beijing offices.  

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.