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China withholds resident visas for NYT,Bloomberg journalists over reporting

If authorities do not soon start approving renewals for visas due to expire by the end of the year.

Chinese authorities have been withholding resident visas for reporters working for The New York Times and Bloomberg in apparent retaliation for the agencies’ investigative stories on wealth accumulated by leaders’ families.

If authorities do not soon start approving renewals for visas due to expire by the end of the year,it would effectively shut down or significantly curtail their news-gathering operations.

The Foreign Correspondents Club of China said in an emailed statement to members Monday that none of the correspondents working for The Times and Bloomberg in China have been able to renew their residence visas for next year.

A Bloomberg spokeswoman in Singapore declined comment while The Times did not immediately respond to a request for comment.