Bloomberg News ‘Disappointed’ in NY Times’ ‘Absolutely False’ Front Page Story
Bloomberg News is firing back at The New York Times for publishing an extensive report that claims Bloomberg killed stories it feared would anger China and get its reporters kicked out of that country. “It is absolutely false that we postponed these stories due to external pressure,” the company said in a statement. “We are disappointed that they chose to publish a piece that claims otherwise.”
The Times story, which appeared on the front page of the paper Saturday, reports that Bloomberg Editor in Chief Matthew Winkler called four journalists working in Hong Kong to tell them an investigative piece they’d been working on for months concerning the “financial ties between one of the wealthiest men in China and the families of top Chinese leaders” would not be published.
According to Times writer Edward Wong, sources familiar with the situation said Winkler compared his decision “to the self-censorship by foreign news bureaus trying to preserve their ability to report inside Nazi-era Germany.”
As The Wrap’s Lucas Shaw points out both Bloomberg and The New York Times have been subjected to censorship within China in the past for publishing articles about corruption and the wealth of Chinese leaders.
[h/t The Wrap]
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