New York Times says reporter forced to leave China

 
People walk by the entrance to US newspaper 'The New York Times' in New York, in this file photo. 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 Dec 31, 2012 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. -- PHOTO:AFP

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.

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