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Freedom of the Press Caucus Co-Chairs Condemn China’s Expulsion of Several American Journalists

Washington, March 17, 2020 | comments
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Washington D.C. – Congressman Adam B. Schiff (D-CA) and Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH) issued the following statement in response to the People’s Republic of China’s decision to expel American journalists reporting for several prominent media organizations:

“As co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Freedom of the Press Caucus, we strongly object to the decision to revoke press badges issued to journalists employed by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and The Washington Post stationed in China. This escalatory and unjustified action follows on other recent expulsions of foreign journalists, including those reporting on the coronavirus crisis in Wuhan. It is imperative for the world to have access to timely and reliable information from China, especially as the global community seeks to respond to an unprecedented public health emergency. We demand Chinese authorities reinstate the foreign journalists’ press credentials immediately and allow them and all journalists to continue their work; and we urge the U.S. Department of State to communicate the same message with their Chinese counterparts at the highest possible levels.”

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Correction from previous release: The restrictions placed on TIME and Voice of America apply to personnel movements, financials and facilities reporting, not the revocation of press badges. 

 

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