September 20, 2021

Event Coverage Highlight

The Crisis in U.S.-China Media Coverage

Reporters attend a press conference in Chengdu, China in September 2017. Photo: Creative Commons via flickr by the World Tourism Organization.

Hear the stories of three correspondents effectively expelled from or pressured to leave China. In view of these departures and rising tensions between Washington and Beijing, how can the Western media continue to cover China? How effectively can it be covered from elsewhere? How does the Chinese government monitor correspondents? What are the Biden administration’s policies toward Chinese correspondents in the U.S.? How important is the International Olympic Committee’s commitment to press freedom during the Winter Olympics, to be held in Beijing in February 2022?

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Panelists:

Chris Buckley, the senior New York Times China correspondent who covered the early stages of the pandemic from Wuhan and then was forced to leave the country. He is now in Australia.

Yvonne Murray, a reporter for Irish public service broadcaster RTÉ, who left China with her journalist husband and family after pressure from Chinese authorities. She is now in Taiwan.

Gerry Shih, of The Washington Post, who was among the wave of journalists expelled from China. He is now in the U. S. preparing for a new assignment.

Moderating will be Jodi Schneider, a senior editor at Bloomberg News in New York, who recently returned from five years in Hong Kong, where she was president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club.

For questions, email Executive Director Patricia Kranz at patricia@opcofamerica.org.