China extends foreign media freedom

As previously noted here, the foreign press’ freedom in China was uncertain as of Friday.  In a somewhat unexpected move, Premier Wen Jiabao issued a decree making pre-Olympic freedom and openness permanent for foreign journalists.  Reporters no longer must seek permission from the Chinese government to travel in the country or interview Chinese citizens.  The LA Times, Washington Post, and Xinhua (China’s state-run English service) have reports, among others.  The freedoms, of course, do not extend to China’s domestic media, and Reuters reports on various human rights organizations’ responses to China’s move.  Reporters Without Borders will no doubt have a statement soo

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