China Uses Expulsions, Pandemic to Disrupt Foreign Journalists, Report Says

HONG KONG—Conditions for foreign journalists in China worsened radically previous 12 months as authorities stepped up their harassment of reporters and their resources, expelled correspondents and employed the pandemic to hinder reporting, in accordance to a survey by a Beijing-primarily based journalists group.

The group, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China, reported not a solitary correspondent surveyed reported an improvement in doing the job situations from the prior 12 months.

“All arms of state power—including surveillance methods released to control coronavirus—were employed to harass and intimidate journalists, their Chinese colleagues, and those whom the foreign press sought to interview,” the club’s report reported.

The report highlighted the worsening media ecosystem in the course of a 12 months in which relations involving China and the U.S. below the Trump administration achieved a new lower. Amid the heightened tensions, journalists grew to become ensnared in a tit-for-tat media struggle in which at

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