China denies credentials to Wall Street Journal reporter

Chinese authorities have declined to renew the press credentials of a Beijing-based Wall Street Journal reporter, in effect expelling a journalist who extensively covered President Xi Jinping and Communist party politics.

The foreign ministry said on Friday in response to a faxed question about the Singaporean reporter Chun Han Wong’s visa that some foreign journalists with the “evil intention to smear and attack China” were not welcome.

The action comes one month after Wong co-wrote a story detailing an Australian investigation into alleged links between Xi’s cousin and money laundering and suspected organised crime.

A spokesperson for Dow Jones, the WSJ’s parent company, said in a statement that authorities had declined to renew Wong’s press credentials. The spokesperson said the company was looking into the matter but did not elaborate.

Wong declined to comment.


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