January 29th, 2014
02:04 PM ET

Beijing ups the pressure on foreign media

Just last month in Beijing, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden lamented the lack of press freedom in China.

Despite such high-profile criticism, Beijing has increased its pressure on foreign correspondents in China.

China is refusing to renew a visa for New York Times reporter Austin Ramzy, the second Times reporter in 13 months to be forced out of the country.

It follows what the paper says is "the latest sign of official displeasure" with their 2012 report on the vast wealth of then-premier Wen Jiabao's family.

Is the visa holdup payback for critical coverage of China's political elite?

"It will certainly feed suspicion that it's retribution for the content of their coverage," says Peter Ford, President of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China and Beijing Bureau Chief for the Christian Science Monitor.

For more on the various ways China is putting the pressure on foreign correspondents, watch the video report above.

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  1. Ibby

    Hilarious! The racist Han Chinese hate truth and this shows their true cowardly nature.

    January 30, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Reply

    Kristie Can you Believe? Certain Things Journalists in Beijing I have the sensation of the Moment Just last month in Beijing, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden lamented Despite such high-profile criticism its pressure on foreign correspondents in China very Critical
    and Very Hot and Not Good

    January 31, 2014 at 2:31 am | Reply

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