PressTV-UK drops charges of assault against Chinese reporter

A court in Britain has decided to drop a case against a female reporter for China state TV who was charged with assault on an activist during this year’s Conservative Party annual conference in Birmingham.

England’s state prosecutors, known as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said Wednesday that Kong Linlin, 48, would not face proceedings at Birmingham Crown Court as it had been anticipated, adding that there was insufficient material to secure a conviction against the journalist.

“This case was originally charged by the police,” a CPS spokeswoman said, adding, “The CPS subsequently reviewed the available evidence and determined it was insufficient to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and therefore discontinued the case.”

Kong, a female reporter working for China Central Television (CCTV) in London, was accused by police of assaulting a delegate during a meeting of a committee of the Conservative Party conference in…

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