Leading US newspapers urge China to overturn decision to expel reporters



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Leading US newspapers urge China to overturn decision to expel reporters



PUBLISHERS of three leading US newspapers have asked in an open letter Tuesday to annul China's decision to expel dozens of US journalists in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic.

China announced on March 18 that it was canceling journalistic accreditations to all US journalists at the Chinese headquarters of the three newspapers, which were expected to be valid by the end of 2020.



“We urge the Chinese government to overturn the decision to expel Americans who work for our news organizations,” the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and New York Times wrote.

The decision is “extremely damaging and reckless” at a time when the world is battling a coronavirus pandemic.

“Perhaps this moment, more than any major event in modern history, underscores the importance of exploratory, accurate, field-based reporting from pandemic centers and information sharing.”

Last month, the US requested that China's state-owned media register as a foreign embassy.

China subsequently expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters, two Americans and an Australian, following the publication of a column calling China “a true Asian patient.”

The US then reduced the number of journalists from 160 to 100 who were allowed to work for four major Chinese media outlets. He cited the “deepening crisis” of independent reporting in China as a reason.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry says the measures are “necessary and reciprocal” and aimed at “increasing discrimination and oppression by Chinese media” by the US.

Leading US newspapers urge China to overturn decision to expel reporters

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