Writer Allegedly Suspended After Reports That Bloomberg News Killed His China Story
According to inside sources, Michael Forsythe, a reporter based in Hong Kong, was suspended by Bloomberg News last week following reports that editors killed his article about a Chinese plutocrat for fear it would get them kicked out of the country.
Several media outlets reported last week that editors had decided in October not to publish the piece, which concerned a tycoon’s relationship to China’s ruling party. Bloomberg News denies these reports and claims the story is still active.
According to Bloomberg employees, those involved with the article were called into a series of meetings with editors last week. On Wednesday, Forsythe was called in to meet with human resources and has not been in the newsroom since. Sources say he was put on administrative leave.
Forsythe has worked for Bloomberg News for thirteen years.
This is not unfamiliar territory for the news service. According to the New York Times, a Bloomberg article in 2012 about the personal wealth of Xi Jinping cost Bloomberg state subscriptions and got their website blocked on Chinese servers.
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