NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan police on Thursday apologized for
storming and briefly arresting Chinese journalists at the China
Global Television Network (CGTN) in Nairobi.
officers on Wednesday raided the CGTN’s office in Nairobi and
detained several Chinese journalists and staff members of the
Chinese-invested organization over allegations that they were
working in Kenya illegally.
Charles Owino, Kenya
police spokesperson, regretted the incident, saying the incident
was based on wrong information on the status of the affected
“The raid on the
broadcaster was based on false information on their immigration
status. We sincerely apologize for the mishap. Those detained
were released later,” Owino told media in Nairobi.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, told a briefing in the
Chinese capital of Beijing that the Kenyan side apologized to
China for its improper law enforcement behavior. It promised to
strengthen management of its grassroots police officers as well
as law enforcement norms and etiquette to avoid a recurrence.
“We have learned
that this raid was part of the Kenyan police’s operation to
crack down on illegal immigrants. It is not targeting or limited
to Chinese nationals,” she added.
Hua said the Chinese
foreign ministry also wants to avail itself of this opportunity
to alert Chinese nationals overseas to properly go through legal
procedures for their local business and residence in strict
accordance with laws and regulations.