The White House is condemning reports of foreign journalists being detained and roughed up in China.
Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that the reports were "disturbing."
He called on the Chinese government to respect the rights of foreign journalists to report in China and called on authorities to protect reporters' safety.
Carney's comments came after journalists were attacked and harassed over the weekend while working near a Shanghai park and along a Beijing shopping street where there've been online calls for protests. Foreign journalists have traditionally been afforded greater freedom to report in China than local reporters, who face censorship, but they've encountered interference in those areas.