An ABC report yesterday stated that ‘Beijing announced… American journalists with press credentials expiring this year who work with the New York Times, the News Corp-owned Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, would not be permitted to work in mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau…

Beijing described its steps as “necessary and reciprocal countermeasures that China is compelled to take in response to the unreasonable oppression Chinese media organisations experience in the US”.’

This comes after China expelled three Wall Street Journal journalists in February, after they published a damning op-ed that referred to China as ‘the real sick man of Asia’.

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