Statements

FCCC statement on passing of Jose Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana

April 20, 2022 The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China is saddened to learn of the passing of Jose Santiago "Chito" Sta. Romana, the Philippines' ambassador to China. As former ABC News correspondent in China, Chito was also an early and foundational member of the...

FCCC statement on Olympics reporting

February 21, 2022 The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) is dismayed that the conditions for independent reporting in China continue to fall short of international standards during the Winter Olympic Games. After an Olympic ski event, a foreign reporter was...

Foreign Correspondents Club of China Statement on Olympic Coverage

November 2, 2021  Foreign Correspondents Club of China Statement on Olympic Coverage The Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC) is concerned about the lack of transparency and clarity from the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) as well as...

FCCC Statement on Harassment of Reporters Covering Henan Floods

July 27, 2021 The Foreign Correspondents Club of China is very concerned to witness the recent online and offline harassment of journalists covering devastating floods in the Chinese province of Henan this month.  In one particularly alarming incident, Henan’s...

FCCC Statement on Journalist Departures

March 30, 2021 The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China is concerned and saddened to learn that John Sudworth, the BBC’s award-winning China correspondent for the last nine years, left mainland China at short notice on March 23rd amid concerns for his safety and that...

FCCC Statement on Press Conferences at the “Two Sessions”

March 26, 2021 The annual session of China's parliament has illustrated a worrying trend in the way foreign journalists are allowed to work in the country. During Beijing’s “Two Sessions” legislative and political meetings in early March, many international reporters...

FCCC Statement on Chinese Blocking of Foreign News Websites

China’s internet censorship tools block access to publicly-available websites belonging to nearly a quarter of the foreign news organizations accredited to report in China. An analysis conducted by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China and GreatFire.org shows that...

FCCC Statement on harassment of BBC journalists in Hunan province.

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China condemns the harassment of and violence against a team of BBC journalists in Hunan province this week in an attempt to prevent them from reporting the story of a Chinese petitioner who was attempting to travel to Beijing to...

Expulsion of Ursula Gauthier

The Foreign Correspondents Club of China is appalled at the decision of the Chinese government to deny accreditation to the Beijing correspondent of L’Obs – Ursula Gauthier. Without this accreditation she will be forced to leave China at the end of December, as no new...

FCCC Statement on Journalists Assaulted

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China condemns the harassment of and violence against overseas media and their local staff by Chinese authorities in an apparent effort to block reporting of the trial of lawyer Pu Zhiqiang in Beijing today. Uniformed security...

FCCC Statement: Intimidation of Journalist

The FCCC is deeply concerned by the attempts to intimidate one of our members following publication of an article related to terrorism and Xinjiang. The correspondent of L’Obs, Ursula Gauthier, has been the subject of two inflammatory editorials in the Global Times,...

Die Zeit Journalist

Some of you will have already seen the account written by FCCC member Angela Koeckritz from Die Zeit of the continued detention of her assistant Zhang Miao and of her own repeated and prolonged interrogation by the police which eventually led to Angela choosing to...

FCCC protests detention of news assistant

The FCCC is alarmed and deeply concerned by reports that Xin Jiang, a Chinese news assistant employed by the Japanese newspaper Nikkei, has been detained on suspicion of “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble” after having been held incommunicado by police for...

Foreign Correspondents Club of China Year-end Statement

Reviewing the conditions under which foreign reporters work in China, the FCCC is disturbed to note a number of negative trends over the past year. -  In particular, we have found that the Chinese authorities are increasingly using the denial of visas, or delays in...

Paul Mooney

The FCCC is deeply concerned that a respected and correspondent such as Paul Mooney should have his visa rejected in such a manner.  Such delays and lack of transparency merely add to the impression that the visa process is being used by the authorities to intimidate...

Violence against foreign journalists

The FCCC board on Friday sent the following letter to Ms. Chen Mingjian at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Information Department, protesting about the violent treatment of foreign correspondents outside the court where Xu Zhiyong was being tried last Wednesday. These...

Foreign Correspondents Club of China Year-end Statement

Dec 9, 2013 Reviewing the conditions under which foreign reporters work in China, the FCCC is disturbed to note a number of negative trends over the past year. -  In particular, we have found that the Chinese authorities are increasingly using the denial of visas, or...

FCCC statement on Chris Buckley case

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China strongly regrets that New York Times correspondent Chris Buckley has been forced to leave mainland China because of delays in his journalistic accreditation. The Chinese government has not explained its reasons for the three...

FCCC Statement on Reporting in Western Sichuan

The Chinese authorities have set up a massive security cordon in an attempt to prevent journalists from entering Tibetan areas in Western Sichuan Province where major unrest – including killings and self-immolations – has been reported. The FCCC considers this a clear...

FCC Hong Kong Statement on Beating of Hong Kong Reporters in Beijing

Mr Stephen Lam Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs 3rd floor Main and East Wing Central Government Offices Dear Mr Lam, The Foreign Correspondents' Club, Hong Kong, condemns the attack upon Hong Kong journalists in Beijing on Friday by some 30 people...

China Should Allow Access To Tibetan Areas

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China urges the Chinese government to halt a wave of detentions of journalists and open Tibetan areas for news coverage. Reporters from at least six news organisation have been detained, turned back or had their tapes confiscated in...

Government Should Stop Intimidating Assistants Of Foreign Media

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China is appalled at the tightening of restrictions on Chinese news assistants who have been told they will be fined and stripped of accreditations if they conduct independent interviews. The club calls for the scrapping of a new...

FCCC Letter On Premier’s News Conference

The following is a letter from FCCC President Jonathan Watts to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. --------------- Attn: Mr. Ma Zhaoxu News Department Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dear Mr. Ma Zhaoxu, On behalf of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China, whose...

FCCC Urges Withdrawal Of Restrictions On HK Journalists

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China is concerned by the rules made public on February 6, 2009 requiring reporters based in Hong Kong and Macau to obtain a permit from the Chinese government prior to every reporting trip to mainland China. The new rules mark a...

FCCC Notes Apology, Partial Redress For Henan Beating

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China notes the steps taken by the authorities in Henan to make amends for the beating of a Belgian TV journalist. Tom van de Weghe of VRT received a letter of apology from the perpetrators and partial compensation for being stopped...

Government Must Punish Thugs Who Beat Up Belgian TV Crew

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China is appalled by the violent attack on the Belgian TV crew and calls on the central government to track down and punish those responsible. "This illegal and brutal act is a disgrace to Henan and to China," said Jonathan Watts,...

FCCC Welcomes Agreement On Financial Information

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China welcomes the Chinese government's agreement to establish an independent regulator for foreign providers of financial information, which include the major global news agencies operating in China. Depending on the degree of...

FCCC Welcomes New Rules For Foreign Media

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China welcomes the announcement of new reporting regulations that recognize the right of foreign reporters to travel where they wish without prior permission and to interview anyone who is willing. "If properly implemented, we...

FCCC Calls For Openness In New Rules

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of China urges the government to build an Olympic legacy by enshrining the pledge of openness in new rules for foreign correspondents. In keeping with China's efforts to become a more open society, we urge the government to recognize...

China Fails To Make Olympic Podium On Media Freedom

As the Beijing Olympics draws to a close, the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China urges the government to move decisively to make media openness a legacy of the Games. Despite welcome progress in terms of accessibility and the number of press conferences within the...

FCCC Launches Know Your Rights Campaign

As the 2008 Beijing Games open, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China urges China to make good on its Olympic promise of an open reporting environment, to put a stop to violence against foreign reporters, and to better enforce its own laws and regulations. The...

Detentions Tarnish China’s Free Reporting Pledge

As China enters the year of the Beijing Olympics, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) has identified hot spots where journalists have experienced repeated violations of China’s new reporting regulations. "While the year-old regulations have improved...