Australia denies Chinese journalists access to plane search media briefings

"This wouldn't even happen in China": George Yang. Photo: Andrew Meares

“This wouldn’t even happen in China”: George Yang. Photo: Andrew Meares

Chinese journalists covering the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 from Canberra are furious at what they see as Australian government control of the media.

On Sunday, two Chinese crews decided to chase Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss into a car park at the Australian Maritime Safety Authority after being denied access to an AMSA briefing attended by Australian media.

The crews held an impromptu interview with Mr Truss but have complained at being ”locked out” of any chance to put questions to AMSA boss John Young. On Monday, AMSA posted a security guard at the front of its headquarters.

George Yang, the chief correspondent for Hong Kong’s Phoenix Satellite Television, said he had been asked to prove his credentials while he prepared to do a cross from public land. ”This wouldn’t even happen in China,” Yang said.

”It’s been very frustrating, there seems to be a Chinese media blackout. It is unbelievable that this is happening in Australia. There are relatives in China who are devastated and looking for answers.”

In a statement, AMSA said the security guard had been posted ”to prevent media vehicles from blocking access to the building and to prevent unauthorised access.

”AMSA rejects any claims that we are treating members of the Chinese media any differently to others. Yesterday’s media event was a pool arrangement organised in conjunction with the federal press gallery committee to allow access to the Rescue Coordination Centre whilst minimising disruption to the operations.

”Chinese media requested to join the pool but the request was declined by AMSA and they were advised to contact the press gallery committee to arrange access to the pool content, which was also made available on our website.”

AMSA said it had been ”inundated” with media requests. ”We have taken the view that it would not be fair to give selective interviews. That is why we have given two press conferences and provided multimedia content freely to all media. Chinese media outlets were present at both press conferences.”

Source: Sydney Morning Herald – Chinese journalists say they are being ‘locked out’ of AMSA media briefings – Heath Aston

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7 replies

  1. Reblogged this on I am an Author, I Must Auth and commented:
    I’ll bet under similar circumstances in Beijing, China would ban Australian journalists. I figure China may declare war on Malaysia over Flight 370. Why, is Australia next?


  2. Were they locked out because they didn’t comply with the conditions of the press conference? Or is that just an excuse? Either way, I sincerely hope it had nothing to do with race. I don’t see why there would be any need to lock them out due to them being Chinese.


  3. It is about time China play the same game as that of the West. The West always talks about freedom of the press and transparency as if their lives depended on them. However, they are increasingly adopting the practice popularize by America and the Zionist State of saying one thing and doing the opposite.

    China should treat Australian Journalist in the same manner in which their journalists were treated by Australia and besides, it should disallow them to enter certain regions as well.

    There has not been one report by Australian and Western journalists about China that comes out truthfully and objectively but always find fault with this and that.

    “Do what unto them what they do to you” Fair Exchange. Period.

    Editor’s note: Richseeto has been identified as a probable paid contributor, with constant anti-west and pro-China tirades (

    An informative article was written about internet posters displaying such emotive outbursts:


  4. As I have posted elsewhere. There is something rotten in all this search for the lost plane. They are all conducting a charade because there is no lost plane. As NASA said, it has been hijacked because of certain Chinese Scientists in the flight on the cusp of discovering a invention break-through of great value and commercial advantage.

    With all the modern gizmos and hundreds of eyes in the sky, it is not feasible to think that a plane as large as the Boeing airliner cannot be found when you know that a drone can search out a single person to assassinate from thousands of metres high in the air.

    All the participating nations are conducting a lie in order to pull the wool over the eyes of the peoples of the world to seduce them to think they care. In fact, all those nations are colluding to hide the truth.

    Thinking people are not fooled.

    Editor’s note: Richseeto has been identified as a probable paid contributor, with constant anti-west and pro-China tirades (

    An informative article was written about internet posters displaying such emotive outbursts:



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