At a time when the city's media is full of reports about the secret arrest of Straits Times correspondent Ching Cheong (pictured) in Guangzhou for spying, guess what the municipal government across the border is advertising through the Foreign Correspondents' Club. It is organising a junket for 10 brave journalists to the city and a round of interviews with senior officials. What is more, invited hacks will have a chance to witness democracy in action! 'The government has arranged for visiting journalists to witness a democratic election in action in one of our counties,' a press release says. 'Key city officers will be available to give interviews and explain major construction projects in Guangzhou.' Following the adage that there is safety in numbers, a fellow reporter who forwarded the invitation to me added: 'Journalists who fear travelling on their own will really welcome this unique opportunity.' Thanks, but no thanks! LoDown will stay right here - you never know what sort of 'state secrets' those officials may be divulging.