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Reporter sees 'Taiwan' removed from biography due to China pressure

2018/05/10 19:21:56

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Washington, May 9 (CNA) A reporter who covers China-related issues in the United States explained Wednesday how she had a reference to Taiwan in her background introduction removed from printed materials at a recent conference event due to pressure from China.

"Taiwan was scrubbed from my biography," Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian wrote in an article for American news media Foreign Policy published on May 9.

The incident occurred when she was invited to give a keynote speech and accept an award at Savannah State University's Department of Journalism and Mass Communications that day. In the speech she discussed the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, Chinese government repression of Uighurs and Tibetans, and Chinese President Xi Jinping's crackdown on news outlets and the internet.

Allen-Ebrahimian later explained how she has been scolded after the event by co-director of the university's Confucius Institute, a Chinese government-affiliated organization that sponsored her invitation, for criticizing China and giving students a bad impression of the country.

In the article, the reporter went on to describe how she later learned that it was the same co-director who insisted the word "Taiwan" be deleted from her biography before the programs were printed, citing "a challenge to Chinese sovereignty."

The very same co-director even said the Confucius Institute would boycott the event if it was not removed, she noted.

According to Allen-Ebrahimian, such censorship is not limited to Savannah State, as similar incidences have also occurred at the University of Albany and North Carolina State University in the recent past.

Click here for the original story titled "How China managed to play censor at a conference on U.S. soil"

(By Chiang Chin-yeh and Ko Lin)
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