China’s decision to expel American journalists is wrong | HT Editorial – Editorials
China has decided to expel journalists working for The New York Times, Washington Post Y The Wall Street Journal, and asked them to provide details about their operations. This occurs after the United States (US) restricted the number of Chinese journalists working for the state-controlled media to 100. The move, which comes at a time when the free flow of information through borders is more important than ever it’s wrong and unfortunate
There is, of course, a context for decisions. The ties between the USA USA And China has sunk in recent years, from geopolitical tensions to the trade war and, more recently, President Donald Trump called the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) the “China Virus.” There is also a dilemma in political systems and an understanding of the role of a free press. China believes that the critical coverage, including its handling of Covid-19, is motivated and seeks to crack down on those it regards as hostile or hostile media platforms and reporters, given that it is used in the country for a conformist press under strict control. This is not how the media work, in any democracy that works. Beijing would do well to look at the US media coverage of the Trump presidency to know that these institutions are autonomous.
These decisions show that even at a time when all actors, both governmental and private, across borders need to work together, and the exchange of information is imperative, mistrust remains deep. The old geopolitical tensions are going nowhere; in fact, they may be becoming deeper and more bitter. This does not bode well for multilateralism.