4 US me­dia out­lets told to re­veal de­tails of China op­er­a­tions

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By MO JINGXI mo­jingxi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China has asked four US me­dia out­lets to dis­close de­tails about their staff and fi­nan­cial op­er­a­tions in the coun­try within seven days start­ing from Wed­nes­day, in re­sponse to Wash­ing­ton’s un­rea­son­able treat­ment of Chi­nese me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions in the United States.

For­eign Min­istry spokesman Zhao Li­jian an­nounced on Wed­nes­day that The As­so­ci­ated Press, United Press In­ter­na­tional, Columbia Broad­cast­ing Sys­tem and Na­tional Pub­lic Ra­dio must de­clare in writ­ten form in­for­ma­tion about their staff mem­bers, fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion, op­er­a­tions and real es­tate.

Ac­cord­ing to Zhao, the ac­tions are “all nec­es­sary coun­ter­mea­sures” in re­sponse to the US’ un­rea­son­able treat­ment of Chi­nese me­dia. Last month, the US State Depart­ment des­ig­nated four Chi­nese me­dia out­lets as for­eign mis­sions in the US, adding them to five oth­ers so des­ig­nated in Fe­bru­ary.

The nine Chi­nese me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions are re­quired to re­port de­tails of their US-based staff and real es­tate hold­ings to the US State Depart­ment.

“China is only re­spond­ing in le­git­i­mate self-de­fense,” Zhao told re­porters at a reg­u­lar news brief­ing in Bei­jing.

In March, China had re­quired Voice of Amer­ica, The New York Times, The Wall Street Jour­nal, Time mag­a­zine and The Wash­ing­ton Post to de­clare in­for­ma­tion about their staff, fi­nances, op­er­a­tions and real es­tate in China.

The spokesman stressed on Wed­nes­day that in re­cent years, the US govern­ment has placed un­war­ranted re­stric­tions on Chi­nese me­dia agen­cies and per­son­nel in the US, pur­posely made things dif­fi­cult for their nor­mal re­port­ing as­sign­ments and sub­jected them to grow­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion.

“The ac­tions by the US are based on a Cold War men­tal­ity and ide­o­log­i­cal prej­u­dice, which have gravely dam­aged the rep­u­ta­tion of the Chi­nese me­dia, Chi­nese jour­nal­ists’ nor­mal re­port­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and nor­mal peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes be­tween the two sides,” he said.

Zhao added that the US re­stric­tions ex­posed the hypocrisy of the so-called press free­dom touted by Wash­ing­ton.

China urged the US to im­me­di­ately cor­rect its mis­take and scrap the re­stric­tions, as well as po­lit­i­cal re­stric­tions tar­get­ing Chi­nese me­dia, he said.

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