《彭博》资深主编温以乐( Matthew Winkler )在10月末，砍掉了驻香港记者对中共领导人与中国富豪间的财富关系调查报导。他跟记者说﹕“如果我们登出这则报导，我们会被赶出中国。”同时他还辩解，外国新闻机构在纳粹德国治下，也是通过自我审查，来维系报导能力。
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Bloomberg Gets in Trouble after Spontaneous Self-censoring
Anchor Accompanying British PM David Cameron’s recent visit to
Beijing, many international media reporters were present,
including UK political correspondent for Bloomberg,
However, Hutton was refused entry to the Great Hall
where the press conference was to be held between
Beijing and the UK.
Bloomberg had a reporter suspended due to self-censorship
on news sensitive to Beijing just recently.
It looks like Bloomberg’s trouble with China is more than
just one incident.
Reporter Headquartered in New York, Bloomberg, the business and
financial market news agency, has recently encountered
a series of troubles in China.
On Dec. 2, its British journalist Robert Hutton, accompanying
British PM to China, was excluded from a press
conference in Beijing.
Whereas just last month, Chinese authorities had made
unannounced “inspections" of Bloomberg’s Beijing
and Shanghai bureaus.
Chinese authorities conducted unannounced “inspections"
at Bloomberg News bureaus in Beijing and Shanghai in the
final days of November, reported Fortune magazine on Dec. 2.
Chinese officials asked the company for an apology from
Winkler for his comment of comparing CCP to the
Fortune reported, Bloomberg cancelled a year-long
investigation on financial ties between a Chinese billionaire
and government officials in late October.
Bloomberg News editor-in-chief Matt Winkler, explained
his decision to kill the story by comparing it to
self-censorship by foreign news bureaus,
who were trying to preserve their ability to
report inside Nazi-era Germany.
In mid-November, both New York Times and Financial Times
have reported respectively,
that Bloomberg News has been accused of quashing a story,
one that alleges hidden financial ties
between one of the wealthiest men in China and the families
of top Chinese leaders undertaking self censorship in order
to remain in the country.
Chris Wu, editor in chief of China Affairs magazine:
“The CCP is taking a sanction or even retaliation against
Bloomberg for exposing the corrupt officials
and the inside scoop.
To the CCP, it is not enough even though the Bloomberg
has disciplined itself and withheld materials from publication."
Bloomberg employees said that less than a week later after
the self censorship, a second article,
about the children of senior Chinese officials employed by
foreign banks, was also spiked.
New York Times revealed that Michael Forsythe was the
main writer for both reports.
Financial Times reported on Nov. 17 that Michael Forsythe
was later suspended.
Zan Aizong, former China Ocean News reporter: “Criticizing
is a negative thing in the eyes of the ruling Party, CCP.
They would definitely welcome praising reports like what the
People’s Daily often do.
Speaking truth is going against the People’s Daily,
& is regarded not a good thing."
The Chinese government was infuriated over the Bloomberg
investigative series in 2012,
which revealed the private wealth accumulated
by the families of top public officials,
including the yet to be CCP leader, Xi Jinping.
Since then, new journalists have been denied residency, whilst
sales of its financial terminals to state enterprises
have slowed down considerably.
Bloomberg’s operations in China have suffered immensely
in response to their reports.
However, under the watchful eyes, Chris Wu believes CCP
itself is the greatest loser within this series of actions.
Chris Wu: “The CCP has revealed to the world media and
its readers, the fact that exposing its bad deeds
is subject to retaliation.
Its (CCP’s) standards are, no criticism is allowed.
Through its own actions, it is simply hurting
its own economy and politics."
On the 3rd, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei
explained, how a Bloomberg reporter had been excluded
in order to give priority to journalists from China and Britain.
He also specifically emphasized that the arrangements
were no different from before.
But when asked about the unannounced inspections of
Bloomberg’s Beijing and Shanghai bureaus last week,
Hong Lei did not directly address the issue.
Interview/YiRu Edit/ChangChun Post-Production/LiYong