It’s no secret China has a censorship problem.
Just this week, the communist regime effectively expelled a Wall Street Journal reporter after he wrote an in-depth story detailing allegations against Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s cousin, who is under investigation in Australia for potential money laundering.
Chun Han Wong, a Singapore national who has worked for the Journal since 2014, applied to renew his press credentials late last month, but the Chinese government informed the Journalit would not grant Wong’s visa, one month after Wong co-authored the report about Ming Chai, a naturalized Australian blood relative of Xi. Wong has until Friday to exit the country.
The government did not give the paper an explanation, but later told the Washington Post it would not tolerate reporters who hurt its reputation. And as the Post notes, no subject is more taboo in China than the private wealth and dealings of the Communist Party’s top leaders, “given the chasm between the Communist Party’s ideological rhetoric and the vast, often hidden wealth accrued by elite families since the party turned toward state capitalism in the 1980s.”