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China withholds visas for NYT, Bloomberg reporters
« on: December 09, 2013, 06:19:57 AM »
Via AP:

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have been withholding residence visas for reporters working for The New York Times and Bloomberg in apparent retaliation for the agencies' investigative stories on wealth accumulated by leaders' families.

If authorities do not soon start approving renewals for visas due to expire by the end of the year, it would effectively shut down or significantly curtail the two organizations' newsgathering operations in the country.

The Foreign Correspondents Club of China said in an emailed statement to members Monday that none of the correspondents working for The Times and Bloomberg in China have been able to renew their residence visas for next year. "The authorities have given no public explanation for their actions, leading to the impression that they have been taken in reprisal for reporting that displeased the government," the statement said.

A Bloomberg spokeswoman in Singapore declined comment while The Times did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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