Singaporean journalist deported for writing article about president's family


Chinese President Xi Jinping. – Mark Schiefelbein / AP / SIPA

A Singaporean journalist, who works for the Wall Street Journal, was expelled from
China after writing an article on the Chinese president's cousin, the US daily reported. Journalists guilty of "malicious attacks" against China "are not welcome," reacted Beijing this Friday.

Chun Han Wong, a Singaporean citizen, has been working for the bureau of the American newspaper in the Chinese capital since 2014. "We can confirm that the Chinese authorities have refused to renew Chun Han's press card," said a spokesman for Dow. Jones, the publisher of Wall Street Journal.

"This kind of journalists are not welcome"

This decision constitutes a de facto expulsion, obtaining this document is essential to that of a residence permit as a journalist. In July, Chun Han Wong wrote with his colleague Philip Wen about an investigation by the Australian authorities into Ming Chai, a cousin of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Wall Street Journal This surveillance of Australian services was part of wider investigations into organized crime, money-laundering and alleged trafficking in China-related people.

"We are strongly opposed to defamation and malicious attacks by foreign journalists against China," said a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry. "This kind of journalists are not welcome," he said. China has already refused to renew press cards or residence permits for foreign journalists in the past.

The "worst reporting conditions in China of recent history"

The former correspondent in Beijing of the American website BuzzFeedMegha Rajagopalan had not been able to renew her residence permit last year. It had covered the repression in Xinjiang (north-west), a region with a Muslim majority that was once hit by attacks.
Journalist of the French magazine The ObsUrsula Gauthier had to leave China in 2015 when her residence permit expired. Beijing accused her of apologizing for terrorist acts in Xinjiang.

A survey of the China Foreign Correspondents Club (FCCC), published in January and conducted with 109 journalists, reported "the worst reporting conditions in China in recent history." Many interviewees claimed to have experienced delays in obtaining their residence permit, or to have been offered only a short period of validity.

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