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China Set to Expel Second NYT Reporter

AustinRamzyTwitterpicIn the weeks since we first reported about the plight of Austin Ramzy, his bosses at the New York Times have been lobbying hard for the renewal of the reporter’s annual Chinese work visa. Today, per an update from colleagues Andrew Jacobs and Edward Wong, it’s looking very grim:

Despite objections raised by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in meetings with its top leaders, China appears set to force a correspondent for The New York Times to leave the country this week…

Ramzy, 39, has been based in China for more than six years. He was granted a month-long visa to remain in China at the end of December, but the government has indicated that he will be required to leave when that visa expires on Thursday.

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Report: Chinese Authorities Set to Leave NYT New Hires Off Visa List

AustinRamzyTwitterpicAccording to William Wan, Beijing-based correspondent for the Washington Post, it’s mostly good news for those New York Times and Bloomberg reporters in China who were anxiously waiting for their work visas to be renewed. Although no reporter could go on-the-record with the Post, Wan was able to confirm the renewal of visas today, Thursday.

There is, however, one unfortunate catch. According to Wan, Times bureau chief Philip Pan and a fellow reporter – both newer hires – are still presently out of luck:

Austin Ramzy, a journalist who previously worked for Time magazine and began working for the New York Times this year, has not been given press accreditation nor allowed to apply for a permanent visa since he joined the Times, said journalists in Beijing.

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