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Thread: ‘These kinds of journalists are not welcome’: #China expels WSJ reporter who wrote about Xi Jinping’s cousin offshore accounts hongkongfp.com/2019/08/30/kin…
Beijing said journalists who attack China were “not welcome” in the country, after it failed to renew the press credentials of a foreign journalist who wrote an article about one of President Xi Jinping’s cousins.
It amounts to the expulsion of Chun Han Wong, a Singaporean who worked for the Wall Street Journal’s Beijing bureau since 2014. The foreign ministry said it “strongly opposed some foreign reporters’ malicious smears & attacks on China & these kinds of journalists are not welcome”
Wong — together with fellow journalist Philip Wen — published a story in July detailing how Australian law-enforcement and intelligence agencies were probing the activities of Ming Chai, one of Xi’s cousins.
It formed part of a wider investigation into organised crime, money-laundering & Chinese influence-peddling. “We can confirm that Chinese authorities have declined to renew Chun Han’s press credentials. We continue to look into the matter,” a Dow Jones spokesperson told AFP.
Beijing bureau chief for BuzzFeed News Megha Rajagopalan was effectively expelled from China last year after she was unable to renew her visa. She had reported extensively from the restive northwestern region of Xinjiang prior to her expulsion.
A survey of 109 foreign journalists published in January “painted the darkest picture of reporting conditions inside China in recent memory”, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China said at its release.
The report said many journalists working in China have been threatened with visa delays, or issued with short-stay visas, which they believed were related to their coverage.
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