China's Treatment of Foreign Journalists

Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 203-202 Washington, DC 20510 | Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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Critical to understanding developments in China has been the ability of journalists to cover that country. Domestic journalists operate under heavy censorship while foreign journalists now report a worsening environment under President Xi Jinping. In November, Chinese officials denied a visa to Paul Mooney, an American journalist who had spent the past 18 years in China and had reported on environmental problems, Tibet, Xinjiang, the plight of human rights activists, and kidnapped children, among other stories. Currently some two dozen journalists from the New York Times and Bloomberg have yet to receive their visas as a year-end deadline approaches, and the Web sites of both news organizations have been blocked in China after publishing articles detailing the wealth of the relatives of China’s top leaders. Foreign journalists report concern over government retaliation, harassment of sources, and physical threats, and allegations of self-censorship in the face of pressure from Chinese authorities have also surfaced.

This roundtable was webcast live.


Opening Statements: 

Senator Sherrod Brown, Chairman



Edward Wong, Correspondent, The New York Times, Beijing Bureau

Hannah Beech, East Asia Correspondent and China Bureau Chief, TIME

Bob Dietz, Asia Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists

Sarah Cook, Senior Research Analyst for East Asia, Freedom House

Paul Mooney, Freelance Journalist (Submitted a statement for the record)