Overseas journalists working in Shanghai have issued a statement condemning the violence in Taishi and the attacks on pro-democracy activist Lu Banglie and on reporters covering the unrest. However, the statement from the 140-member Foreign Correspondents' Club was only issued after heated debate among members over whether it should include criticism of Benjamin Joffe-Walt's report in The Guardian. 'A lot of people wondered whether we should say something about what Benjamin wrote,' said FCC president Kerstin Lohse. 'Some people accused him of fabrication and of making up the whole story. 'One of his colleagues said he believed Benjamin did it in good faith and isn't the kind of guy who would write anything to get a good story ... Other people say he is only 25 and he has this background as a human shield in Iraq. 'They say it seems that maybe he is too naive, or that he is just risking everything for a story. But I told them that's really not fair.' Lohse rejected the idea of criticising Joffe-Walt in the statement. 'None of us really know what happened there,' she said. 'How can we criticise one of our colleagues when they are confronted with such brutality?'