Journalist 'expelled' after Chinese leader's wealth revealed

Free audio stream, including stories that are padlocked on our site. Listen on any device, anywhere. Updated twice daily. The audio stream takes several seconds to start on Android devices.

Launch Radio player

China has effectively expelled a New York Times journalist after newspaper exposed the substantial private wealth of the nation's outgoing leaders.

Australian-born Chris Buckley, 45, says his visa has not been renewed for the next year. He told the South China Morning Post, after arriving in Hong Kong with his family:

"The situation is that I was working for Reuters until October and then I took a new job with the New York Times. The visa that I was on was granted when I was working for Reuters, and I was in Beijing waiting for the Chinese authorities to grant me a new visa and accreditation to work for the New York Times. As of today, there was no word of approval."

In October, the New York Times revealed earlier that outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao's family was among the richest in the world.

“A review of corporate and regulatory records indicates that the prime minister’s relatives – some of whom, including his wife, have a knack for aggressive deal making – have controlled assets worth at least $US2.7 billion,” the Times reported

The Times’ executive editor, Jill Abramson, says the newspaper made repeated requests for the Chinese government to renew his journalist visa.

She says she hopes authorities will issue him a new visa soon so he and his family can return to Beijing.

She says a journalist visa also has been denied for Philip Pan, who is designated to serve as the newspaper's bureau chief in Beijing.

In May, Al-Jazeera journalist Melissa Chan was expelled from China after reporting on horrific labour camp conditions.


Got a question about this story? Leave it in Comments & Questions below.

This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags

Comments & Questions

Commenter icon key: Subscriber Verified

Post New comment or question

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

NZ Market Snapshot

Forex

Sym Price Change
USD 0.6674 -0.0034 -0.51%
AUD 0.9145 0.0008 0.09%
EUR 0.6077 0.0012 0.20%
GBP 0.4277 -0.0022 -0.51%
HKD 5.1731 -0.0275 -0.53%
JPY 82.7140 -0.2270 -0.27%

Commods

Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1096.2 -0.200 2015-07-28T00:
Oil Brent 53.3 -0.170 2015-07-28T00:
Oil Nymex 48.0 0.560 2015-07-28T00:
Silver Index 14.6 0.040 2015-07-28T00:

Indices

Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 5848.4 5882.9 5848.4 0.38%
NASDAQ 5097.9 5117.8 5089.2 0.54%
DAX 11249.3 11253.6 11173.9 0.34%
DJI 17631.4 17776.8 17630.3 0.72%
FTSE 6555.3 6634.0 6555.3 1.16%
HKSE 24630.4 24718.6 24503.9 0.47%
NI225 20425.7 20425.7 20328.9 -0.13%