AAJA Statement on the Expulsion of Three Wall Street Journal Columnists

The Asian American Journalists Association stands by the three Wall Street Journal correspondents whose press credentials were revoked by the Chinese government on Feb. 19.

The Chinese government targeted the Journal’s deputy China bureau chief, Josh Chin, and reporters Chao Deng and Philip Wen, saying the move was punishment for a recent opinion piece published by the Journal.

As a professional journalism nonprofit with a significant presence throughout Asia, AAJA supports press freedom and the safety of journalists around the globe. We believe that the ability of these three journalists to do their jobs without fear of expulsion or retaliation is of utmost importance, particularly at a time when audiences worldwide are seeking credible and objective information regarding the spread of coronavirus. AAJA urges the Chinese government to reinstate their press credentials so they can resume their work.

AAJA remains ready to be a resource for news outlets and correspondents in the U.S. and Asia Pacific.

–AAJA National Board of Directors and AAJA-Asia Chapter Board

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