Bloomberg news has been having a conflict with the Chinese government after it ran a series of stories about the wealth of senior Chinese government officials. In seeming retaliation for this, a British reporter for Bloomberg was not allowed to attend a press conference with British prime minister David Cameron and his Chinese counterpart in Beijing yesterday.
Downing Street has protested to the Chinese authorities about a “completely inappropriate” decision to bar a British journalist from a press conference in Beijing with David Cameron and his Chinese counterpart, Li Keqiang.
No 10 raised “deep concerns” on two occasions with Chinese officials after the foreign ministry excluded Robert Hutton, a political journalist with the US wire service Bloomberg, from the event at the Great Hall of the People on Monday.
Cameron’s concern for the freedom of the press is quite something to see, given that his government insisted on physically destroying the computers of The Guardian reporters for publishing the Edward Snowden leaks and right now is giving the editor of the paper a rough parliamentary grilling and is even threatening the paper with terrorism charges.
To his credit, editor Alan Rusbridger seems to be quite defiant and unfazed by the intimidatory tactics of Cameron’s government.