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China Ignores Questions on Expelled Reporter

9 May 2012

At Tuesday’s Chinese Foreign Ministry news briefing 14 out of 18 questions concerned the expulsion of  Al-Jazeera’s Melissa Chan, the first foreign journalist to be expelled from the country since 1998. Ministry spokesman Hong Lei responded to the questions by repeating that journalists must obey Chinese rules, but he refused to say what rules Chan had broken. The 14 questions were omitted from the online official transcript, which is considered a public record of proceedings. An official at the ministry’s news office said she was unaware of gaps in the transcript.—AP