China Delays Visas for Western Journalists
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Bloomberg and the New York Times have been the main targets of a crackdown on western journalists in China, but they're not alone. We hear how Chinese officials are threatened by some news stories, what they're doing about it and what it will mean for what know about a hugely important world power. Also, officials' support of NSA Surveillance falters amid new revelations, and the strip-search of a female consular official in New York City has caused street protests in New Delhi and a diplomatic blow-up between the US and India. It's also divided the US Departments of State and Justice.
Banner image: Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng. Photo: Voice of America
Officials' Support of NSA Surveillance Falters amid New Revelations ()
Britain's Guardian and Germany's Der Spiegel today released new information about 1000 targets of National Security Agency spying in more than 60 countries. British spying is also revealed in previously secret documents provided by Edward Snowden. Greg Miller covers national security and intelligence for the Washington Post.
The Challenge of Getting the Truth about China ()
During Vice President Joe Biden's recent visit to China, he complained to the highest officials about the treatment of western reporters. After weeks of anxiety for some two-dozen western reporters, the Chinese government is renewing some press passes. Yesterday, Bloomberg News said its reporters' finally had been granted the annual renewal of their press cards. The New York Times says the same for some, but not all, of its staff in China. Visas will probably follow. But one veteran of 18 years may never return to the country, and others have now been warned. We hear what they've gone through. When stories about human rights and income inequality leak to Chinese audiences, they threaten the power of Communist Party leaders. Will western news agencies now censor themselves? Will the crackdown make it harder than ever to learn about the world's second-most powerful nation?
- Matt Schiavenza: Atlantic magazine, @MattSchiavenza
- Paul Mooney: veteran freelance reporter, @pjmooney
- Rebecca MacKinnon: New America Foundation, @rmack
- Jacques deLisle: University of Pennsylvania, @PennCEAS
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Dispute over Indian Diplomat Continues ()
The US Embassy in New Delhi is under siege by protesters over the handcuffing and strip-search of Indian consular official Devyani Khobragade when she was arrested in New York City on charges of underpaying her housekeeper and lying about it on a visa application. US officials are divided about the case, and it's turned into an international incident. Secretary of State John Kerry has conceded that "certain courtesies were not extended." But the US Attorney in New York, Preet Bharara, says he's sworn to uphold the law even against what he called the "powerful, rich or connected." The Indian government says the real dispute is between the consular official and the housekeeper.
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