lørdag 9. mai 2020

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, China forces out foreign reporters

After 24 years reporting in China, Chris Buckley — a highly regarded and experienced foreign journalist — has been forced to leave the country he has devoted his career to amid a worsening crackdown on foreign media.  The Australian reporter for the New York Times left Beijing with his wife on Friday bound for Sydney after China's Government refused to renew his press card when it expired in mid-February while he was reporting in Wuhan.

He is the 19th foreign journalist expelled or forced to leave China in the past 12 months, and the second Australian. Even as he prepared to leave the country, the Government made its presence felt. At least four men followed and filmed Buckley as the ABC met him for an interview on his final day in China near the New York Times office in central Beijing.