20 May '11, 5am

94% in survey of foreign journalists in China say reporting conditions had worsened over past year.

BEIJING - CHINA'S reporting climate is deteriorating, a Beijing-based foreign press club said on Thursday in a survey that found some overseas journalists were told to tone down coverage or risk visa problems. The survey of 108 members of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China said 94 per cent believed Chinese reporting conditions had worsened over the past year, with some citing increasing official pressure. A spokesman for the foreign ministry - which handles relations with overseas media members residing in China - rejected the findings, telling a regular press briefing that freedom of reporting had 'expanded'. However, 70 per cent of survey respondents said they experienced 'interference, harassment and/or violence in the past year.' Another 40 per cent reported that some of their Chinese sources had been 'harassed, detained, called in for questioning or otherwise s...

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