Free Tibet 2008 reports today that Brian Conley, creator of citizen journalist video blog Alive in Baghdad, was detained Tuesday in Beijing with friend Jeffrey Rae. Conley’s wife received a text message at 12:30 Beijing time yesterday that said, “In jail. All fine.”

Conley and Rae shot and distributed video of a Students for a
Free Tibet protest that took place August 13 in Chinese Ethnic Cultural
Park. I posted the video below.

Andy interviewed Brian Conley in November 2006 when Alive in Baghdad won the “best vlog” award at The First Annual Vloggies, and I re-published the interview. Alive in Baghdad publishes weekly video reports about the conflict and daily life in Iraq produced by American and Iraqi citizen journalists.

Four other pro-Tibet activists, including artist and Graffitti Research Lab cofounder James Powderly, were also detained yesterday, Agence France-Presse reports, and five different American protesters were arrested, according to a story in The New York Times.

NewTeeVee’s Chris Albrecht tipped us about the story; read his post about the detainment here.

Beijing: Ethnic Park Protest – Aug. 13, 2008 from Students for a Free Tibet on Vimeo.