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Al Jazeera English Forced Out of China

Posted: May 08, 2012


Al Jazeera English has closed its bureau in Beijing after the Chinese authorities refused to renew its correspondent's press credentials and visa, or allow a replacement journalist.

The channel expressed its disappointment at the situation and said it would continue to request a presence in China.

It has been requesting additional visas for correspondents for some time through the normal procedures but these have not been issued.

Melissa Chan, who has been Al Jazeera English's China correspondent since 2007, has filed nearly 400 reports during her five years in the country.

She has covered stories about the economy, domestic politics, foreign policy, the environment, social justice, labour rights and human rights.

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