A follow-up on the ‘China expels a correspondent’ story – hearing it from the horse’s mouth.
Al Jazeera: 5 years and 400 reports later, Melissa Chan shares her memories of China after having her press credentials revoked.
‘China is a country of contradictions. One minute you marvel at the speedy transformation, the new wealth, the great hope of many. Another minute, and in this case powerfully felt because it can all happen in one day, you’re disgusted by the corruption, the systemic problems of a one-party authoritarian state, and the trampling of individual human rights and dignity.’
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‘Goodbye to China, country of contradictions’
Al Jazeera’s ex-Beijing correspondent says she covered country honestly and equitably, after having credentials revoked.
by Melissa Chan
Source – Al Jazeera, published May 13, 2012
Melissa Chan, China correspondent since 2007, filed nearly 400 reports during her five years in the country. Source – Al Jazeera
Earlier this week, I left China after five years as an Al Jazeera English correspondent following the decision by the government to revoke my press credentials. At a subsequent Foreign Ministry press briefing, spokesman Hong Lei did not provide a public explanation, only saying that “foreign journalists should abide by Chinese laws and regulations”. But I have not broken any laws. And I believe I have tried to cover China as honestly and equitably as one can. As I say goodbye to China, I think back to some of the issues and people we’ve covered.
I’d like to start with a good memory of China. It was late morning in the autumn of 2009, and our team was on our way to an interview out in the countryside north of Chongqing in central China. We’d driven through many villages before, but something about the bustle of this village compelled us to slow down our car and hop out for a look. Everyone seemed so happy. There was a festive atmosphere, as if it was Chinese New Year. Read the rest of this entry »
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