ina expels three US journalists over the alleged racist article
The newspaper published an opinion article on the Government’s response to the epidemic of the new coronavirus entitled “China, the real patient in Asia
The Chinese GovernmentGovernment announced Wednesday that will revoke the license to work in the country to three accredited journalists of the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) for publishing a supposedly derogatory and racist article against China.
On February 3, the newspaper published an opinion article on the response of the Chinese Executive to the epidemic of the new coronavirus entitled “China, the real patient of Asia, which “raised great indignation among the Chinese people as well as the condemnation generalized by the international community,” said the spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Geng Shuang.
The expression “the sick man from Asiauot; was used in a derogatory way in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to refer to China, then punished by internal divisions and the colonization attempts by Western powers, which forced it to sign a series of treaties to obtain commercial concessions.
Geng said that the Chinese government “does not welcome the media that make racist comments and maliciously attack China,” so he filed a formal complaint with the WSJ.
According to Geng, Beijing asked the newspaper to acknowledge “the seriousness of its error,” to apologize publicly, and to investigate those responsible for the article, retaining the right to take “other measures.”
“Unfortunately, the newspaper has not yet apologized or investigated those responsible,” said Geng, so the authorities have decided that “as of today, the accreditations of three journalists from the WSJ are revoked.”