BuzzFeed reporter in China says ministry has declined to renew her visa

Megha Rajagopalan. (Credit: hkfp)
Updated 23 August 2018
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BuzzFeed reporter in China says ministry has declined to renew her visa

BEIJING: The Chinese government has declined to renew the visa of a reporter for the US website BuzzFeed, the reporter said.
Megha Rajagopalan said on Twitter on Wednesday that the foreign ministry declined in May to issue her a new journalist visa, after working in China as a journalist for “six wonderful and eye-opening years.”
“China’s Foreign Ministry declined to issue me a new journalist visa. They say this is a process thing, we are not totally clear why,” she wrote in a post.
Rajagopalan worked for Reuters in China from 2012 to 2016.
Her BuzzFeed coverage has included reporting on China’s security clampdown in the western Xinjiang region. She said she would be taking on a new role reporting from the Middle East.
Neither China’s foreign ministry nor BuzzFeed immediately responded to a request for comment.
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China said in a statement the government’s decision was regrettable.
“We find this extremely regrettable and unacceptable for a government that repeatedly insists it welcomes foreign media to cover the country,” it said.
“We are attempting to get clarity from the Foreign Ministry on its reasoning for effectively ejecting a credentialled foreign journalist from China and will relay any information they provide.”
Resident foreign reporters are generally issued visas that must be renewed every year. The government has occasionally in the past declined to renew or grant new visas for foreign reporters whose stories it has not liked.


New Zealand plans new tax for giants like Google, Facebook

Updated 18 February 2019
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New Zealand plans new tax for giants like Google, Facebook

  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday the current tax system isn’t fair and there is a gap that needs to be closed
  • Revenue Minister Stuart Nash said the tax could be implemented next year

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: New Zealand’s government has announced plans for a new tax targeting online giants like Google and Facebook that earn plenty of money in the country but pay little tax.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday the current tax system isn’t fair and there is a gap that needs to be closed.
She said the proposed digital services tax would tax multinational online companies at about 2 or 3 percent on the revenue they generate in New Zealand. She said the rate is in line with other countries considering similar taxes.
Revenue Minister Stuart Nash said the tax could be implemented next year. He said New Zealand will continue working with the Organization For Economic Cooperation and Development to find an international solution to the problems of taxing big online companies.