China to Revoke Credentials of 3 Major US News Companies

China said Tuesday it will invalidate the credentials three major news organizations in response to new restrictions the U.S. placed on Chinese media companies. China’s foreign ministry said in a news release that American journalists employed by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post whose press credentials are set expire at year’s end must turn in their press credentials within 10 days. “They will not be allowed to continue working as journalists in the People’s Republic of China, including its Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions,” the foreign ministry said. The ministry maintained the revocations were a necessary response to what it said was the abuse of Chinese media without cause. China also said the China-based operations of five U.S. media companies must submit written information about their staffing, finances and real estate in China. The outlets that have been ordered to comply with the order are Voice of America, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Time.  China’s moves come in response to the Trump administration’s recent classification of five Chinese media organizations as foreign missions and placed limits on the number of Chinese citizens who could work for them. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department, March 17, 2020, in Washington.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the individuals affected by the U.S. decision “were not media that were acting here freely that were part of Chinese propaganda outlets we’ve identified these as foreign missions under American law.” On Tuesday’s move by China, he said “I regret China’s decision today to further foreclose the world’s ability to conduct the free press operations that frankly, would be really good for the Chinese people, that are really good for the Chinese people in these incredibly challenging global times where more information, more transparency, or what will save lives.”