Condemn China for Restricting Foreign Journalists


Target:  Chinese Premiere Li Keqiang

Goal: Tell China to stop its restrictive policies towards foreign journalists

The Chinese government is slowly cutting off foreign journalists, restricting access and preventing them from doing their jobs. Visas have been denied, web services from Bloomberg and the New York Times have been blocked, and the United States is becoming concerned. This type of behavior fosters distrust at a time when mutual understanding and cooperation are important. Tell the Chinese government that this exclusionary conduct is not acceptable by the world community.

The New York Times has been denied visas for new reporters in China since 2012, when it published an article detailing the wealth of former premier Wen Jiabao. The Chinese government also began blocking the Bloomberg and New York Times websites at that time. Most recently, New York Times reporter Austin Ramzy was deported without clear cause.

China has a history as a totalitarian state in which freedom of the press did not exist. As China begins to modernize, and hopefully become a more open society, it is important that it allows foreign media organizations the access they need in order to accurately report on Chinese affairs. When access is denied it leads to distrust. A recent editorial in the Washington Post suggested that if the Chinese government continues to restrict access for American journalist, the United States should consider similar restrictions for Chinese journalists.

If China wishes to be a member of the international community it must stop restricting access for foreign journalists. Its recent actions foster distrust between China and free societies throughout the world. We must encourage Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to grant access to foreign reporters and help foster a spirit of cooperation with the rest of the world.


Dear Chinese Premiere Li Keqiang:

I am disappointed by the behavior of the Chinese government in restricting access for foreign media correspondents such as Austin Ramzy. Chinese reporters throughout the world are granted open access in order to report on issues and events that are of concern to the citizens of China. In order to facilitate a spirit of cooperation with the rest of the world community it is important that this type of media access be reciprocated by the Chinese government.

By allowing foreign reporters open access China would facilitate a better relationship with the world community. I encourage you to reconsider your country’s recent restrictions of foreign journalists and websites.


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