Canadian broadcaster CBC closes China bureau after visa delays



November 3, 2022

Taipei, November 3, 2022 – Chinese authorities should not delay the processing of work visas for international journalists, and must allow all media in the country to operate without interference, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday.

On Wednesday, Canada’s public broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), announced in an editor’s note it will shutter its Beijing news bureau after more than 40 years in China. It made the decision after waiting more than two years for Chinese authorities to approve a journalist visa for Philippe Leblanc, China correspondent with CBC-owned French-language service Radio-Canada Info.

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