Saturday, February 01, 2014

China playing rough with big media

(CNNMoney) China has forced another foreign correspondent to leave the country, the latest in a series of expulsions that have heightened tensions between western media companies and the Communist Party.

The reporter, Austin Ramzy of The New York Times, left Beijing on Thursday for Taipei. Chinese officials had declined to issue new work documents to Ramzy, a longtime resident of China who has in the past renewed his credentials without incident.

Ramzy will join a growing group of reporters that have been denied access to the mainland.

China has for months declined to act on the visa applications of Times employees Chris Buckley and Philip Pan. Correspondents for The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera and Reuters have been similarly barred from reporting in China. In December, more than two dozen Times and Bloomberg staffers were issued visas at the very last minute.

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