INTERNATIONAL: A Dutch reporter in the middle of a live broadcast was dragged away by Chinese security officials during the Games opening ceremony in Beijing, on Friday.
A footage from Dutch public broadcaster NOS shows how several security officials have surrounded the reported and one of them forcefully dragged him away as he was standing not for away from the Bird's Nast stadium in the Chinese capital, while doing his PTC.
The broadcaster had to interrupt the link with the reporter, leaving the studio anchor back in the Netherlands confused.
"Our correspondent was pulled away from the camera by security guards at 12:00 live on the NOS News. Unfortunately, this is increasingly the daily reality for journalists in China. He is fine and could fortunately finish his story a few minutes later," the outlet later tweeted in Dutch.
In a reaction to the event on Saturday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC)has said that it was an isolated event and will not affect foreign media's reporting at the Beijing Games.
"Obviously we have been in touch with the NOS, the state broadcaster, and it was an unfortunate circumstance," IOC spokesperson Mark Adams has said.
"I think someone was being overzealous. The reporter was able to, very quickly afterwards with the help of officials there, do his piece to camera.
Games participants, including media, are restricted to a "closed loop" during the Games, which includes the venues, the media centre and the accommodations.
All participants must remain in that loop for the entire duration of the Games as part of China's health measures to minimise the risk of any coronavirus spread during the February 4-20 Games.
There have been concerns over whether visiting media will be allowed to freely do their job in China during the Games.
But the IOC has repeatedly assured them that the contract signed with the Chinese hosts would allow every participant, including athletes and media, to speak freely within the loop.