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Pompeo denounces China expulsions of WSJ reporters

February 19, 2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday denounced China’s expulsion of three Wall Street Journal reporters and urged Beijing to respect freedom of the press.

“Mature, responsible countries understand that a free press reports facts and expresses opinions. The correct response is to present counter arguments, not restrict speech,” Pompeo said in a statement.

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.