Duo spent 17 hours in police custody despite cultural mission
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A writer for the New York Times and his French photographer were detained by Chinese police for 17 hours after their visit to a Tibetan temple over the Lunar New Year.
Reporter Steven Lee Myers and photographer Gilles Sabrie were visiting the Dzongsar Monastery in Sichuan Province to observe monks rehearsing a dance for the Tibetan New Year, or Losar.
However, a uniformed police officer appeared at the temple and said there were questions to answer, Myers wrote in his piece, which took the place of the originally planned cultural feature.
He described the incident as a “self-inflicted embarrassment” as all he had planned to do was to write about holiday traditions in the region. [FULL STORY]