A Chinese language filmmaker needed by Malawi as a part of an investigation into allegations of racism and baby exploitation has been arrested.
Lu Ke was a Malawi resident when he was uncovered by BBC Africa Eye, which reported he had used native kids to movie personalised greetings movies, a few of which included racist content material.
These movies could be purchased for as much as $70 (£55) on Chinese language social media and web platforms.
Lu Ke denied making derogatory movies.
He mentioned he made his movies to be able to unfold Chinese language tradition to the area people.
In one of many movies seen by the BBC, a gaggle of younger kids is made to chant – in Chinese language – “I am a black monster. My IQ is low”, clearly unaware of what they’re saying.
Whereas being secretly filmed by an undercover journalist posing as a possible purchaser, Lu Ke admitted after which instantly denied having made the video.
Malawian police final week launched an investigation however have been unable to arrest the Chinese language filmmaker as he couldn’t be discovered.
Division of Immigration and Citizenship Providers spokesman Pasqually Zulu confirmed that Lu Ke was arrested in neighbouring Zambia, within the japanese city of Chipata.
Mr Zulu mentioned the 2 nations have been now liaising to have the Chinese language nationwide despatched to Malawi for the authorities to proceed their investigation.
Final week, high Chinese language diplomat Wu Peng mentioned he had mentioned the problem with Malawi’s international minister.
He mentioned his nation was in opposition to discrimination.
“China has been cracking down on these illegal on-line acts up to now yrs,” he tweeted. “We’ll proceed to crack down on such racial discrimination movies sooner or later.”