The Chinese government on Tuesday ordered the deportation of US journalists belonging to The New York Times, Washington Post, The Voice of America and TIME from China, Hong Kong, and Macao. China labeled the action as a 'necessary counter-reaction' to the alleged suppression of Chinese media agencies in the United States. The authorities have accused the United States of having 'Cold War' mentality and having an ideological prejudice.
In an official release, China demanded that The New York Times, Washington Post, The Voice of America and TIME - which are listed as 'foreign missions' in the country - report all written material such as staff, finances, operations and real estate information to the state.
The actions we have taken are RECIPROCAL and for self-defense. They are in response to US unwarranted suppression of Chinese media agencies. We urge the US side to immediately change course, undo the damage, and stop the bullying behaviors.https://t.co/VfSebhjf2Q— Spokesperson发言人办公室 (@MFA_China) March 17, 2020
China's fundamental state policy of opening-up will not change. Foreign media & journalists acting legally are always welcome in China, and their reporting will get our facilitation & assistance.— Spokesperson发言人办公室 (@MFA_China) March 17, 2020
Furthermore, the Chinese state has asked American journalists to return their press cards to the state after its expiry by the end of this year and mentioned that they will not be allowed to continue to work as journalists in China, Hong Kong, and Macao. Additionally, the release also stated that China would take reciprocal measures against US journalists in view of the US's 'discriminatory restrictions' on visas, administrative review, and interviews of Chinese journalists.
In the statement released by China on Tuesday, it has claimed that it stated that it is against the hypocrisy of the 'freedom of the press' and urged the United States to change its course and correct its 'mistakes.' China also urged America to stop the alleged political suppression and unreasonable restrictions on Chinese media.