Al-Jazeera Says China Has Expelled Reporter

By: AP
By: AP

BEIJING (AP) -- The pan-Arab news network Al-Jazeera says Beijing has expelled its English-language reporter in China.

Melissa Chan's expulsion marks the first time an accredited foreign reporter has been kicked out of China since 1998.

Qatar-based Al-Jazeera said in a statement Tuesday that it had no choice but to close its English-language service's bureau because Chan's press credentials and visa were not extended. Chan is a U.S. citizen who has been working for the network in China for five years.

The network did not say if any reason was given. China's Foreign Ministry, which oversees accreditation for international media, did not immediately respond to a request for information Tuesday.

The expulsion does not impact Al-Jazeera's Arabic-language service.


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