Visas

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Voice of America visa review could put journalists at risk

New York, July 13, 2020—The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern that the U.S. Agency for Global Media’s review of visas at Voice of America could endanger journalists who have worked for the international, U.S.-Congress funded news outlet. “Voice of America has brought independent news to tightly censored countries and offered journalists working in…

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A U.S. Department of Homeland Security officer checks passports in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on March 15, 2020. The department recently imposed new restrictions on Chinese nationals working as journalists in the United States. (Reuters/Teresa Barbieri)

U.S. imposes new visa restrictions on Chinese journalists in retaliatory measure

Washington, D.C., May 11, 2020 — In response to new visa restrictions imposed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security against Chinese nationals working as journalists in the United States, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:

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The U.S. State Department Building is seen in Washington, D.C., on January 26, 2017. The department announced today that it was capping the number of visas given to Chinese state media employees. (Reuters/Joshua Roberts)

US to limit visas at Chinese state media outlets, forcing dozens to leave

Washington, D.C., March 2, 2020 — The U.S. government should immediately suspend efforts to effectively expel dozens of Chinese journalists and put a halt to mutual retaliation over media operations, which threatens to undermine the free flow of information as the COVID-19 epidemic spreads throughout the world, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police officers are seen in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 7, 2019. Authorities recently arrested and detained U.S. environmental journalist Philip Jacobson. (AFP/Adek Berry)

American environmental journalist Philip Jacobson detained in Indonesia

Bangkok, January 22, 2020 — Indonesian authorities should immediately release journalist Philip Jacobson and drop any criminal charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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The Indian government has threatened to revoke the overseas citizenship of journalist Aatish Taseer, who has criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Image used with permission)

Indian government threatens to cancel journalist Aatish Taseer’s overseas citizenship

New Delhi, November 7, 2019 — The Indian government must cease making threats to revoke the overseas citizenship of journalist Aatish Taseer, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang is seen in Beijing on January 29, 2019. Chinese authorities recently refused to renew Wall Street Journal reporter Chun Han Wong's visa. (AP/Andy Wong)

China refuses to renew Wall Street Journal reporter’s visa

Taipei, August 30, 2019 — Chinese immigration authorities should immediately reverse their decision to refuse the visa renewal of Wall Street Journal reporter Chun Han Wong and allow foreign and domestic journalists to work without interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (center) is seen in Beijing on April 19, 2019. China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently denied a visa to reporter Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian. (AFP/Nicolas Asfouri)

China refuses visa application for critical American journalist

Taipei, June 19, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ refusal to issue a journalist visa to Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, a reporter who has covered China’s influence abroad.

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Aymeric Vincenot, AFP's Algiers bureau chief, sits at his office on March 1, 2019. Vincenot was recently expelled from Algiers after authorities declined to renew his press permit. (AFP)

Algeria expels AFP bureau chief Aymeric Vincenot after accreditation expires

New York, April 16, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the expulsion of Aymeric Vincenot, the Agence France-Presse bureau chief in Algiers, and called on the Algerian government to facilitate press accreditation for foreign journalists.

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Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Lo Chih Cheng poses with copies of Hong Kong's Ta Kung Pao and Wen Wei Po newspapers after a news conference, in Taipei, Taiwan, on January 18, 2019. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

Taiwan accuses Beijing-sponsored Hong Kong newspapers of disseminating misinformation, opens immigration investigation into journalists

On January 17, 2019, Taiwan’s presidential office issued a statement on Facebook accusing Ta Kung Pao, a Hong Kong newspaper funded by Beijing, of fabricating a story alleging that Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen secretly sent an envoy to advise three Hong Kong independence activists. The Taiwan government is currently investigating whether the journalists violated immigration…

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Venezuela's Maiquetia airport as seen on July 27, 2017. A Dutch freelance reporter was recently detained and interrogated there, and was sent back to the United States.

Venezuela denies entry to Danish freelance reporter

On January 9, 2019, Venezuelan security agents detained Danish freelance reporter Kristoffer Toft when he tried to enter the country on a tourist visa at Maiquetía airport in La Guaira, in northern Venezuela, the reporter told the Committee to Protect Journalists. Officials interrogated Toft and conducted a Google search of his name before denying him…

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