Po­lice be­ing in­ves­ti­gated in jour­nal­ists beat­ing

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Po­lice­men in south China’s Guang­dong prov­ince are un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter al­legedly beat­ing un­der­cover jour­nal­ists cov­er­ing an of­fi­cial din­ner that ap­par­ently flouted the coun­try’s ban on ex­trav­a­gant meals.

Jour­nal­ists with South­ern Me­trop­o­lis Daily were go­ing to re­port on public se­cu­rity of­fi­cials feast­ing in a high-end restau­rant in Shen­zhen last week.

The pa­per said the re­porters were beaten and robbed of their mo­bile phones and cam­eras, and that po­lice who ar­rived at the scene later helped the of­fi­cials get away.

The 28 peo­ple were served gi­ant sala­man­der, which is a pro­tected an­i­mal in China.

But po­lice say what they had at the din­ner was ar­ti­fi­cially­bred.

It has not re­vealed who paid for the din­ner.

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