A Wall Street Journal reporter was forced to leave Chinese territory on Aug. 30 after authorities declined to renew his press credentials, the Wall Street Journal reported.

This is journalist Chun Han Wong, who reported in July that Australian security forces and intelligence services were investigating the activities of Ming Chai, one of Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s cousins. The article was written in collaboration with his colleague Philip Wen.

Chai would be involved in a broader investigation into organized crime, money laundering, and alleged Chinese influence, according to the Hong Kong Free Press.

With regard to these accusations, Hua Chunying, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Chinese regime said, “I don’t know where these journalists go to dig up this dirt,” denying the accusations against Xi’s relative.

For its part, the Chinese regime said that journalists who attack China “are not welcome,” referring to the denial of Chai’s press credential, according to the HKFP.

Also, the China Foreign Correspondents Club (FCCC) said in its 2018 annual report that 55% of foreign correspondents said that conditions for journalists in China deteriorated last year.

Additionally, the same report notes that 96% said they were visibly followed,79% of respondents said they were coerced by authorities to remove reported material, among other abuses and interference.

The data was provided by a December survey of 204 correspondents in Beijing, 109 of whom represented media from 31 countries and regions.

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