Al Jazeera closes Beijing bureau

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TV broadcaster Al Jazeera has closed its English channel bureau in Beijing.

The move comes after Chinese authorities refused to renew a visa for its correspondent. It is the first such expulsion of an accreditated reporter in more than a decade.

There was no immediate comment from China’s foreign ministry. But the authorities had apparently been unhappy about some of Al Jazeera’s content. They had also said the correspondent had violated unspecified rules and regulations.

Al Jazeera’s Arabic channel will keep its reporter in Beijing.
China has tightened restrictions on foreign journalists, amid concerns that protests in North Africa and the Middle East could spread to its territory.

Qatar-based Al Jazeera says it will continue to cover China and hopes its bureau in Beijing can be reopened in the future.