The Hanoi police yesterday arrested a man for assaulting a reporter who filmed his acts of intimidation against another reporter who was videotaping illegal encroachment of the railroad safety corridor.
Tran Xuan Thanh (L) has been arrested for acts against law enforcement officers Photo: Dan Tri
Tran Xuan Thanh, 36, of Phu Dien District has been charged with “acts against law enforcement officers” for punching Le Duy Khanh of An Ninh Thu Do on the face and trying to strangle him.
On June 14 Pham Hong Phong, a reporter from VTC 14 television channel, accompanied a railway inspection team to an area in the capital’s Tu Liem District.
While Phong was filming the illegal occupation of an area beside the tracks, he was threatened by Thanh, who prevented him from videotaping and snatched his camera.
Khanh, who also accompanied the team, videotaped these acts.
Thanh then turned on Khanh, swore at him, hit him and grabbed him by the neck.
Tran Xuan Thanh (L) swears at Pham Hong Phong (in white shirt), a reporter from VTC 14 television, who was filming encroachment of railroad tracks in Hanoi on June 14. He went on to attack a journalist from An Ninh Thu Do for filming this incident.
The inspectors stopped him and later reported to the police.
Thanh has two previous convictions for buying stolen goods and acting against law enforcement officers, the police said.