Washington, United States:
The United States is “deeply concerned” over the harassment and intimidation of international correspondents protecting lethal floods in China, a State Department spokesman mentioned Thursday.
His remarks got here lower than 24 hours after Beijing accused the BBC of broadcasting “fake news” about final week’s devastating flooding within the central province of Henan, and because the British broadcaster mentioned its journalists had been subjected to hostility.
“The United States is deeply concerned with the increasingly harsh surveillance, harassment, and intimidation of US and other foreign journalists in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including foreign journalists covering the devastation and loss of life caused by recent floods in Henan,” State Department spokesman Ned Price in an announcement.
“The PRC government claims to welcome foreign media and support their work, but its actions tell a different story,” Price mentioned.
Chinese international ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian had earlier on Thursday known as the BBC a “Fake News Broadcasting Company” that has “attacked and smeared China, seriously deviating from journalistic standards.”
The BBC has mentioned its reporters protecting the deluge had been subjected to on-line vitriol, whereas different retailers had been harassed on the bottom in “attacks which continue to endanger foreign journalists.”
The BBC reported on final week’s floods within the metropolis of Zhengzhou which left 14 folks lifeless and greater than 500 commuters trapped when town’s subway system flooded throughout rush hour simply as sensitivity in the direction of any damaging portrayal of China mounts.
Reporters from AFP have been pressured by hostile Zhengzhou residents to delete the footage and have been surrounded by dozens of males whereas reporting on a submerged site visitors tunnel.
Zhao on Thursday mentioned international correspondents “enjoy an open and free reporting environment in China.”
But press freedom teams say area for abroad reporters to function is tightening, with journalists adopted on the streets, struggling harassment on-line and refused visas.
In his assertion Thursday, Price urged China to not curtail press entry to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
“We call on the PRC to act as a responsible nation hoping to welcome foreign media and the world for the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games,” his assertion mentioned.
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