China comes under attack for throwing out reporter

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    AP | May 10, 2012, 06.51AM IST

    BEIJING: China's expulsion of an American reporter working for the pan-Arab news network Al-Jazeera has drawn criticism from other journalists and the US, and a tightlipped reaction from Beijing.

    Melissa Chan is the first accredited foreign journalist to be expelled from China since 1998. The move, made public on Tuesday by Al-Jazeera , is seen as China's attempt to punish international media whose reports the government sees as besmirching its global image. Chan is a US citizen who worked for the network in China since 2007.

    Fourteen of the 18 questions posed at the foreign ministry's regular briefing on Tuesday concerned Chan, but spokesman Hong Lei would not discuss her status, saying only that journalists must follow China's laws and regulations.

    All the questions about Chan were missing from the official transcript later posted on the ministry's website, in keeping with Beijing's occasional practice of ignoring sensitive questions. The expulsion hasn't even been mentioned in Chinese state media.

    The US said it and was disappointed in the Chinese government's decision not to renew her accreditation.

    China comes under attack for throwing out reporter - The Times of India

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