Paul Mooney, one of the longest-serving and most accomplished foreign journalists in China, renowned for his unflinching coverage of human-rights abuses, had been denied a visa to return as a correspondent for Reuters.
China is pressing foreign news organisations more than ever to pull punches in their coverage. And it appears to be getting harder to resist such demands. In 2012 both Bloomberg and the New York Times defied pressure not to publish exposés about the wealth of the family members of China’s top leaders, including Xi Jinping, now president, and Wen Jiabao, then the prime minister. Authorities responded by punishing both organisations. Their websites have been blocked in China, and Bloomberg has lost some of its lucrative terminal business.