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By Edward Robinson     Mar 15, 2013 in Politics
A Sky News journalist and his camera operator have been detained in China's Tiananmen Square while broadcasting live on British television.
VIDEO - Viewers of Sky's 24-hour News channel were treated to the bizarre sight of news correspondent Mark Stone being directed into a police van, live from Beijing.
The Sky News team were reporting on China's leadership transition after the National people's congress confirmed the country's new president and prime minister, at the time of the incident. He reported live from inside a police van, admitting that the Chinese officials with him - one of whom was filming Stone herself - probably did not realise he was speaking directly to London.
Stone, said the police had been"utterly civil" throughout the incident, adding: "This is just a little insight really into the way reporting works in China. Most of the time things are fine and for most of the day no problems at all, but then every now and then this happens."
While they had permission to film in the square, Stone said police told him the team were not displaying their passes correctly, and noted he was not carrying his passport as required.
China's foreign ministry insists press censorship does not exist in the country, but journalists report the constant threat of interference from government officials.
Stone later returned to Sky's Beijing offices.
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