Working as a China correspondent was not easy, even in the past. The People’s Republic has always been at the bottom of the press freedom rankings. But the work of foreign journalists in the Middle Kingdom has never been as difficult as it was in the past pandemic year. They were hindered in their research, their interlocutors intimidated and put under pressure, foreign reporters had to be quarantined several times for weeks on end for reasons that are no longer comprehensible. It was made difficult for them to enter and leave the country, their relatives were not allowed to enter at all. And even when research trips within the country were officially allowed again, they were persecuted and monitored by state security.
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