China to Expel American Journalists from NYT, WSJ, Washington Post

China on Tuesday moved to strip the press passes of American reporters at the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post, as Beijing faces accusations of covering up the extent of the coronavirus health crisis.

Journalists from the three outlets whose press credentials are set to expire in 2020 will be required to return their press passes within ten days rather than having them renewed.

“They will not be allowed to continue working as journalists in the People’s Republic of China, including its Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions,” China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement released Tuesday.

The decision is ostensibly retaliation for what the Chinese government called “outrageous treatment” of Chinese journalists by the U.S. and the designation of five Chinese media agencies as “foreign missions,” essentially state-backed propaganda arms of China’s Communist Party.

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