China withdraws accreditations to US journalists


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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Chinese authorities revoke the accreditations of several American journalists from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, in response to the reduction in the number of Chinese journalists in the United States.

US authorities on March 2 imposed limits on the number of Chinese citizens allowed to work in five US-based state media outlets in that Asian country.

In February, the US designated the Xinhua News Agency as foreign missions; China Global Television Network, which is featured on China Central Television, CCTV; China International Radio; China Daily Distribution Corporation; and Hai Tian Development USA.
“China requires journalists of American nationality – who work for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post and whose press cards expire in late 2020 – to notify the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 14 days from today and return your press cards within 10 days, “says a statement posted on the website of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
In addition, Beijing asks Voice of America, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Time subsidiaries in China to submit written information about its employees, financial operations and real estate.

“The aforementioned measures are absolutely necessary and China is forced to take them in response to unfounded oppression suffered by the Chinese media in the United States,” the ministerial note said.


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