The attack on Malaysian journalist Leu Siew Ying of the Hong Kong-based "South China Morning Post" and French journalist Abel Segretin of Radio France Internationale (RFI) took place on 7 October 2005 in the village of Taishi in Panyu district, in the southern province of Guangdong.
They went to Taishi to investigate reports of corruption involving village leaders, but were attacked outside the village by some 20 individuals who appeared to be thugs hired by the local authorities. Repeatedly punched and beaten on the back of their heads, they refused to comply with demands to surrender their identity papers until the police came.
"These mercenaries were furious when they discovered we were journalists," Segretin told Reporters Without Borders. "Even the police feared these apparent gangsters and quickly drove us away, locking the doors of the car." They were taken to a police station and were released soon afterwards. Both were very shaken by the experience.
The day before the incident, the Guangdong authorities had officially arrested Yang Maodong, a lawyer better known as Guo Fleixiong, who had been in custody for three weeks for "disturbing the peace" at a 13 September demonstration in Taishi, at which he called for the resignation of village leader Chen Jinshen for alleged embezzlement.