New York Times says reporter forced to leave China
NEW YORK (AFP) - A New York Times reporter has been forced to leave China, two months after the newspaper carried a critical report on the wealth of the family of Premier Wen Jiabao.
Mr Chris Buckley, who has worked in China as a journalist since 2000, left for Hong Kong on Monday after the authorities did not issue him a working visa for 2013 before the year's end, the Times said.
It is the latest of what press groups claim is a series of cases in which authorities have obstructed the work of foreign journalists, who sometimes have a difficult relationship with Beijing.
The newspaper in October published an investigation which claimed that relatives of China's reformist premier Wen Jiabao have amassed huge riches during his tenure.