Thursday, January 24, 2013

Visa Problems: How Chinese Communist Party Tries to Control Foreign Reporters


New York Times reporter Chris Buckley was forced to leave China in December, after Chinese government did not renew his journalist visa. Buckley is now the second New York Times reporter waiting in Hong Kong for a visa—Beijing Bureau Chief Philip Pan has been waiting for approval since March. Buckley’s visa problems became big news among Western media outlets, as the Times is still blocked in China after publishing a story on Premier Wen Jiabao and his family’s wealth. 
But was the visa situation retaliation for the paper’s China coverage? Or is it a sign that Chinese authorities are tightening control over reporting in the country? According to the Foreign Correspondents Club of China, almost a third of reporters they surveyed had issues getting visa renewals last year. Is there anything that journalists and media organizations can do? And should foreign governments step in?   
大家都来看”九评共产党” ( VCD, 书)!
Let’s find “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party”(VCD, books)!
Quit the Evil Chinese Communist Party or its affiliated organizations today!