JOHN KELLY FIRED “FRIENDLY” WARNING SHOTS AT MEDIA COVERING PRESIDENT TRUMP IN CHINA

FREEDOM HOUSE RATED CHINA AS “ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST RESTRICTIVE MEDIA ENVIRONMENTS” IN A 2016 REPORT.

White House chief of staff John Kelly has warned journalists traveling with President Trump to China to be mindful of where they are reporting from.
JOHN KELLY FIRED “FRIENDLY” WARNING SHOTS AT MEDIA COVERING PRESIDENT TRUMP IN CHINA November 11, 2017 Su

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FREEDOM HOUSE RATED CHINA AS “ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST RESTRICTIVE MEDIA ENVIRONMENTS” IN A 2016 REPORT.

White House chief of staff John Kelly has warned journalists traveling with President Trump to China to be mindful of where they are reporting from.

Kelly made the comment “semi-jokingly,” reporter Jeremy Diamond tweeted, before describing the exchange as “a friendly word of caution.”

Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization, rated China as “one of the world’s most restrictive media environments” in a 2016 report.

“The already limited space for investigative journalism and online commentary shrank during 2015, continuing a trend of ideological tightening since Xi Jinping assumed the leadership of Chinese Communist Party in 2012,” the report reads.

Trump arrived in China on Wednesday for a series of bilateral discussions focused on national security and the economy. He has since come under fire for not pressing China to allow reporters to ask questions during his joint press conference with Xi.

The next stop on his tour is Vietnam for an Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation leaders’ meeting.”

 

Washington Examiner reported:

““Watch out or the police’ll get you. Remember where you are. This isn’t DC,” Kelly told a CNN reporter as members of the media were taking their seat before Trump delivered a joint address with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing Thursday local time.

A friendly word of caution from the White House chief of staff in Beijing: https://t.co/AIwPbVtKVS