BREAKING: China to Expel US Journalists From NYT, WaPo, WSJ, and More
The Chinese government has announced that they will be stripping US journalists from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, Voice of America and Washington Post of their press credentials.
The foreign ministry is requiring American outlets to submit documents detailing “staff members, financial status, operation status and property they owned in China,” and return their press cards within 10 days.
China claims that the ban on reporters comes in response to the US government cutting in half the number of Chinese citizens allowed to work for Beijing’s state-run media in the nation — which was a response to three Wall Street Journal reporters being kicked out of China.
Others, including Kenneth Roth, the head of Human Rights Watch, have suggested the ban is actually a response to China’s attempts to censor the Wuhan doctors who attempted to warn about the dangers of the coronavirus.