Beijing forces New York Times reporter to leave country BEIJING: A New York Times journalist, who has worked in China over a decade, has been forced to leave the country after his visa was not renewed, in an apparent retaliation for the paper's report that alleged Premier Wen Jiabao's family had amassed $2.7 billion in assets. Chris Buckley, 45, an Australian who has worked as a correspondent in China since 2000 and joined The Times recently, left for Hong Kong with his family on Tuesday. Buckley was to be accredited to replace a correspondent who was reassigned, but the Chinese authorities did not act before December 31, despite numerous requests, forcing Buckley to leave. China has also kept on hold new Beijing bureau chief Philip P Pan's accreditation, the report said adding Pan applied in March, but his visa had still not been processed. The Times urged the authorities to process Buckley's visa as quickly as possible so that he and his family could return to Beijing. "I also hope that Phil Pan, whose application for journalist credentials has been pending for months, will also be issued a visa to serve as our bureau chief in Beijing," Jill Abramson, the newspaper's executive editor said. Times believes that the problems relating to the visas of its journalists is to do with its news report on Wen. Ahead of the last November once-in-a-decade leadership change conference of the Communist Party, Times carried a report stating that Wen's family had accumulated $2.7 billion assets which included successful business by Wen's wife Zhang Peili, a geologist turned diamond businesswoman. "The visa troubles come amid government pressure on the foreign news media over investigations into the finances of Chinese leaders, a delicate subject," the report said. China termed the report on Wen ahd his family as a "smear" aimed at discrediting the leadership. Beijing forces New York Times reporter to leave country - The Times of India ************************************ While the Chinese showcase their country with all its marvels, they take immense care and pain to side the dark side of their Moon. And whatever little may come out by vigilant news men of foreign media, the Chinese are ready pounce and claim that it is not so the case and so on and so forth with shrill indignation. The NYT reporter unearthed the loot and carry being perpetuated by the Chinese Communist leadership with painstaking research and which the Chinese Communist Govt could not deny or obfuscate with shrill protestation of it being untrue. So, first they blocked out the news and now, they are ensuring that the reporter who put out this news is not allowed to report from China, being no longer allowed. It is also an indirect way to muzzle the foreign media by sending out the message that unfavourable news would not be accepted by China and only news that show China in favourable light would allow the reporters to remain. While China cannot dare ban American media except blocking them now and then, they are very bold with those who cannot strike back like Oman where their TV channel Al Jazeera was banned and thrown out for recording a documentary on Laogais (prisons) and the conditions and how these Laogais are the backbone for China economic boom wherein they are forced to produce goods which are then sent to front companies to be labelled so that it does not appear to be done by prison labour since many countries do not allow import of goods made through prison labour.