A Chinese filmmaker wanted in Malawi to investigate racism and child exploitation has been arrested.
Luke, a Malawi resident when he was exposed by BBC Africa Eye, reportedly used local children to make personalised greeting videos, some of which contained racist content.
The videos can be purchased for up to $70 (£55) on Chinese social media and internet platforms.
Luke denied making the derogatory video.
He said he made the video to spread Chinese culture to the local community.
In a video seen by the BBC, a group of young children were asked to chant “I’m a black monster. I have a low IQ” in Chinese, apparently not knowing what they were talking about.
While being candidly filmed by an undercover reporter posing as a potential buyer, Luke admitted and immediately denied that he made the video.
Malawi police launched an investigation last week but were unable to arrest the Chinese filmmaker because his whereabouts are unknown.
Immigration and Citizenship Services spokeswoman Pasqually Zulu confirmed Luke was arrested in the eastern town of Chipata in neighboring Zambia.
Mr Zulu said the two countries were now in contact to send the Chinese national to Malawi so authorities could continue their investigation.
Last week, senior Chinese diplomat Wu Peng said he had discussed the issue with his Malawi foreign minister.
He said his country was against discrimination.
“China has been cracking down on those illegal online behaviors over the past few years,” he said. tweet. “We will continue to crack down on such racist videos in the future.”