Three days ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, Chinese immigration officials summoned VOA Mandarin correspondent Fred Wang to their offices. The officials warned Wang and VOA Beijing Bureau Chief Bill Ide, that no interviews or filming could be conducted in public venues without permission from authorities, and that no citizens of the PRC could be interviewed in VOA’s Beijing offices. Undeterred by what both reporters saw as an obvious attempt to intimidate them, each gathered information as they normally do and filed pieces on the anniversary.
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