HONG KONG — Chinese language state media has attacked a Canadian journalist after her reporting on Chinese language telecommunications agency Huawei led to the firing of a Canadian ambassador.
Joanna Chiu, a journalist for the Star Vancouver reported on Friday that Canada’s ambassador to China mentioned it “could be nice for Canada” if the US dropped its request to extradite Huawei’s chief finance workplace Meng Wenzhou.
Ambassador John McCallum’s feedback challenged the Canadian authorities’s place that it’s going to comply with the rule of regulation on the extradition request, fairly than strike a cope with China. Shortly after the story revealed, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired McCallum.
On Sunday, the International Instances’ editor in chief Hu Xijin tweeted that “Chiu has the malicious intention to mislead interviewee and spoil him [McCallum]. There’s downside along with her skilled ethics.”
An op-ed revealed on Monday within the International Instances continued the assault.
“Chiu’s habits made her appear like a paparazzo as a substitute of a severe journalist. It is not exhausting to think about the intense penalties if such essential information is reported in a ‘paparazzi’ method,” the op-ed mentioned.
The International Instances is a state newspaper below the official Folks’s Every day that is greatest recognized for it is nationalistic op-ed web page. Up to now it has attacked overseas journalists and writers who’ve been essential of the Chinese language authorities.
On Twitter, Chiu was additionally focused by pro-China trolls.
“Sigh. I’m beginning to really feel unsafe regardless that I’m in Canada,” Chiu, a former China correspondent, tweeted in response to the op-ed on Monday night time.
Beforehand, the International Instances revealed an op-ed supporting Chinese language authorities’ determination to not renew a visa for French journalist Ursula Gauthier in 2015. And final August it criticized the reporting of BuzzFeed Information’ former China bureau chief Megha Rajagopalan.
The December arrest of Meng in Vancouver set off a worldwide political firestorm. The US has charged that Huawei tricked US banks into violating sanctions towards Iran. Huawei has denied the costs.
Within the aftermath of Meng’s arrest, China detained and arrested Canadians — seemingly in retaliation — together with Michael Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat who was working for the Worldwide Disaster Group.
The Division of Justice unveiled formal expenses towards Huawei on Monday in indictments that alleged theft of commerce secrets and techniques, wire fraud and mendacity to banks about not complying with US sanctions towards Iran.
A listening to in regards to the extradition course of is scheduled on Feb. 6 in Vancouver for Meng.