The US government has accused China of “fear of the independent press” after the Foreign Correspondents Club denounced on Monday that Beijing had delayed the renewal of accreditations for several North American media journalists.
State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus has assured that her department has been trying for “years” to “convince” the Chinese government to allow the US media to resume “normal operations,” and “stop intimidation and “Harassment of Foreign Journalists”.
“However, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has told us that it plans to further restrict access,” said Ortagus, who denounced on Twitter that these new measures would only “worsen” the information context in the Asian giant. “They already suffer from a lack of open and independent information.”
The Chinese government also confirmed on Tuesday that Australian journalist Cheng Lei, arrested in August, is under investigation for “criminal activities that endanger national security” after two more correspondents left the Asian country. for fear of retaliation.