The origins

Chinese lies


As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, Beijing persists in trying to censor certain information related to the epidemic. The regime has received a great deal of criticism, both in China and abroad, for its opaque and bureaucratic handling of the coronavirus crisis.


Worse still, pursuing a policy concerted at the highest level of the Chinese government that aims to control international media coverage, its diplomats have attacked foreign media outlets with considerable virulence, accusing them of defaming China and lying about its role in the coronavirus pandemic. China is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index.




Coronavirus : mass expulsion of foreign correspondents further cripples freedom of information in China

March 27, 2020

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the regime to reverse its decision to expel 13 US foreign correspondents today and insists that independent reporting is, now more than ever, critical in the fight against the coronavirus.

Read more

Coronavirus: RSF calls on China to release all detained journalists

March 26, 2020

While there remains a risk of coronavirus contamination in Chinese prisons, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Beijing to immediately release all detained journalists.

Read more

Coronavirus: The information heroes China silenced

March 25, 2020

Three months after the first reports of coronavirus cases were posted on Chinese social media and began circulating within civil society, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) looks back at the way the Chinese state, in its obsession with complete control over information, has cracked down relentlessly on all independent information outlets.

Read more

“If the Chinese press were free, the coronavirus might not be a pandemic,” argues RSF

March 24, 2020

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) shows that, without the control and censorship imposed by the authorities, the Chinese media would have informed the public much earlier of the severity of the coronavirus epidemic, sparing thousands of lives and perhaps avoiding the current pandemic.

Read more

Chinese ambassador in France has no right to give lessons in coronavirus coverage

March 20, 2020

The secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Christophe Deloire, is appalled by the criticism of the French media and their coronavirus coverage being voiced by the Chinese ambassador in France, Lu Shaye.

Read more

RSF calls on China to stop cracking down on voices criticizing its coronavirus management

March 19, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads worldwide, the Beijing regime strives to silence critical voices calling into question the party-state’s management of the crisis.

Read more

RSF urges China to rescind decision to expel New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post reporters

March 18, 2020

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Beijing to reverse its decision to expel all American journalists working in China with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Read more

Harassment of foreign reporters is becoming systematic in China

March 4, 2020

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chinese authorities to end their harassment of foreign reporters and their sources, which is increasing, according to a report published yesterday by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC).

Read more

RSF urges China to stop censoring information about coronavirus epidemic

February 24, 2020

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chinese government to stop obstructing journalists covering the coronavirus epidemic and points out that only complete transparency will help to avoid the spread of rumours that exacerbate the crisis.

Read more

RSF urges China to rescind decision to expel three WSJ reporters

February 21, 2020

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Chinese authorities to reverse their decision to expel three Wall Street Journal journalists based in Beijing because of an opinion piece the newspaper published about China’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic.

Read more