Sometimes, the publicity campaign attracted Mr. Sudworth, a long-time BBC correspondent who won the George Polk Award last year for his coverage of internment camps in Xinjiang. . The Foreign Correspondents Club of China said on Wednesday that Chinese state media had used video obtained from police cameras to post Sudworth’s video online.
Last month, the state-backed nationalist tabloid “Global Times” published a widely circulated article attacking Mr. Sudworth’s report in Xinjiang and accusing him of being supported by “foreign forces” including the United States. “Anti-China” reporter. .
Before the recent propaganda campaign, Mr. Sudworth had repeatedly obtained a short journalist visa for nearly three years. This is the result of the Chinese government’s continuous efforts to punish news organizations because they believe that news reports are too much. harsh. Most resident foreign journalists usually obtain a one-year visa.
In September, after a five-day diplomatic standoff, two Australian journalists fled China. The diplomatic standoff began with unannounced visits by Chinese national security agents, which raised concerns that they would be detained. At a time when relations between the two countries are rapidly deteriorating, the Australian news media now has no reporters in China.
The members of the China Diplomatic Correspondents Club include many journalists working there. The organization expressed concern on Wednesday that “Chinese state and state-controlled entities falsely pointed out that foreign journalists and their organizations are increasingly motivated by anti-China political forces”. Produce reports that run counter to the official line of the Communist Party. “
The club added: “It is shocking that the Chinese authorities have also shown greater willingness to threaten journalists with legal means, and these procedures may cause them to withdraw from the ban and prohibit them from leaving China.”
Zhang Aimei Contribution report.