China Says Media That ‘Insults’ the Country Must Pay a Price

By Kyodo News 21 February 2020

BEIJING—China on Thursday said that media organizations that blatantly insult China and spread racial discrimination must pay the price, a day after the country expelled three reporters from The Wall Street Journal.

“Does freedom of speech entail publishing a racist, discriminatory and insulting article?” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang asked at a regular press briefing, defending its decision to revoke the correspondents’ press credentials after the US newspaper published an op-ed China deemed racist and slanderous.

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