Around July 1 this year, Beijing will host a large number of events related to the Communist Party’s centennial. However, Xinhua, the official media of the Communist Party, reported Friday that only some journalists from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan in Beijing and foreign journalists will be invited to cover the celebrations on site, and no foreign journalists will be invited to Beijing on an ad hoc basis.
It is reported that the CPC Centennial Press Center, located in Beijing’s Media Center, will officially operate on June 26, and will be responsible for receiving Chinese and foreign journalists who come to cover the celebrations, organizing press conferences and press receptions, contacting and arranging interviews with Chinese and foreign journalists, and opening the official website and WeChat public number of the press center.
Official media reports said that the press center opened a registration system for journalists, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and foreign journalists are welcome to submit applications for registration through the system. The application period starts from June 1, 2021 and ends on June 12, 2021.
However, the report claims that in order to effectively prevent and control the epidemic, the information center will only invite some of the Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan journalists and foreign journalists in Beijing to cover the event on site, and will not invite foreign journalists to come to Beijing temporarily.
In a May 27 article in Foreign Policy magazine cited by the French broadcaster, the article criticized the Chinese Communist authorities for their restrictions and crackdown on foreign journalists, making even routine reporting difficult.
According to the author, “It is almost impossible to suggest ways to improve the way we report, write and discuss China, because the information available has always been a house built on sand. At any given moment, censorship, paranoia or a truth-ignoring network threatens to drown it out.”