NPPA Urges China: Back Down On Threat To Journalists

Dec 11, 2013 Advocacy

DURHAM, NC (December 11, 2013) – The National Press Photographers Association has issued a statement urging China to back down from its threat to expel dozens of journalists.

“NPPA urges China's government to allow all journalists, including the journalists in recent news from The New York Times and Bloomberg, to remain in China and to help them continue to examine all aspects of Chinese life, business and government," NPPA president Mike Borland said today.

"Only by such scrutiny will the world come to truly know China. Only by knowing China will the world trust China.”

Borland, chief photojournalist for WHO-TV News in Des Moines, IA, explained the importance of a policy of allowing open and free reporting. 

“Journalists, especially visual journalists, open the windows of the world's countries and cultures. China is a world leader in trade and a world enigma in openness. For the Chinese government to expel journalists because of unflattering stories is a huge step backward.”

Dozens of journalists in China, including at least one NPPA member, have been threatened with expulsion because of problems with getting their visas renewed after their publications wrote stories that displeased the Chinese government. Before now, the renewal process was “an annual non-event,” according to The New York Times.

According to the Times, the Chinese government has previously blocked access in China to the Web site of the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, and Reuters.

More information can be found online here.