In this October 28, 2013, photo, a Chinese police officer reaches toward a journalist outside the courthouse where activists are on trial in Xinyu city, Jiangxi province. (AP/Aritz Parra)
In this October 28, 2013, photo, a Chinese police officer reaches toward a journalist outside the courthouse where activists are on trial in Xinyu city, Jiangxi province. (AP/Aritz Parra)

Foreign journalists in China face harassment, restrictions

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The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) just released its Annual Working Conditions Report which we have reproduced with their permission, as we have done for several years. Here’s a breakdown of the FCCC’s top concerns:

  • Interference, harassment, and physical violence by authorities against foreign media during the reporting process
  • Attempts by authorities to pre-empt and discourage coverage of sensitive subjects
  • Intimidation and harassment of sources
  • Restrictions on journalists’ movements in border and ethnic-minority regions
  • Staged press conferences
  • Pressure directed to editors and managers at headquarters outside of China
  • Surveillance and censorship

The 3,500-word report fills in the details. This year’s survey was sent to 210 FCCC correspondent-members in April, of whom 120 replied. Not all respondents answered every question, the FCCC says. The FCCC identifies itself as a Beijing-based professional association comprising more than 200 correspondents from 35 countries and regions.