Australian journalists flown out of China ‘amid diplomatic standoff’ – BBC News

The last two reporters working in China for Australian media have flown home after a five-day diplomatic standoff.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Bill Birtles and the Australian Financial Review’s Mike Smith landed in Sydney on Tuesday.

Chinese authorities questioned both men before their departure. The ABC reported Birtles was “not asked about his reporting or conduct in China”.

Relations between Australia and China have deteriorated in recent years.
There had been allegations of Chinese interference in Australian society in the past, but ties worsened after Canberra backed an international inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China said on Monday a record 17 foreign journalists were expelled from the country in the first half of 2020.

Australian foreign minister Marise Payne said consular officials had assisted the pair in returning home.

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  1. “Australia is of course a strong supporter of media freedom…….” -Marise Payne. However, Australia IS prepared to stay silent when it comes to the arbitrary detention and torture of arguably Australia’s greatest journalist Julian Assange at the hands of their best allies, the UK and the US. Also the silence of BBC and Australian media on the treatment of Assange is deafening.

  2. The Divine Liturgy is live-streamed every Sunday at 10am Melbourne time completely in English from the Good Shepherd Orthodox Church.

    For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

  3. I’m surprised that Bill Birtles actually lasted that long considering he’s been spinning anti-China propaganda and fake news almost on a daily basis.

  4. “It’s a relief to be back in a country with genuine rule of law” Oh yes my man, defiantly rule of law in Australia
    A country where governments routinely violate the constitution, places whole cities under curfews, arrests and handcuffs pregnant women and old ladies and intimidates reporters just for doing their job and trying to hold law enforcement to account.
    Oh yes, rule of law alright

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