said on Sunday one of its journalists in China had been arrested and beaten by police while covering protests against the country's zero-Covid policy
Hundreds of people took to the streets in China's major cities on Sunday in a rare outpouring of public anger against the state.
The BBC is extremely concerned about the treatment of our journalist Ed Lawrence,
was arrested and handcuffed while covering the protests in Shanghai," the broadcaster said in a statement.
Mr. Lawrence, working in the country as an accredited journalist
was detained for several hours, during which time he was beaten and kicked by police, according to the
. He was later released.
"It is very worrying that one of our journalists was attacked in this way whilst carrying out his duties," the statement said
We have had no official explanation or apology from the Chinese authorities - BBC
beyond a claim by the officials who later released him that they had arrested him for his own good in case he caught Covid from the crowd," the statement added.