Melissa Chan

Melissa Chan


Journalist. Global Reporting Centre | @dwnews | latest in WashPost, Atlantic, NYT. Bosch Fellow ‘18. Knight Fellow ‘13. Tweeting: China/Asia | Germany/EU | USA.

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Toxic Twitter is when I am being accused of contributing to hate crimes against Asians in the US — being a "race traitor" — because I am critical of the Chinese Communist Party which, by the way, is implementing one of the most heinous hate crimes in Xinjiang right now.

“I end up scrutinizing my own work to make sure that people don’t think I’m biased,” says Palestinian reporter @RZabaneh . That’s what I was so impressed with when I had the honor to work with Rania in Ramallah years ago. Here’s her thoughtful video essay:

@LatoyaPeterson  You mean like in Germany where every child is guaranteed daycare (I believe from the age of 12 months), and the cost is a sliding scale based on your income and it maxes out somewhere at $200 USD per month? By the way, with flex pick-up/drop-off.

It was great to speak to @ChungYingSt  about this year's China's National People's Congress — he talked about Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the economy. On : @dwnews 

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As someone who has had my press credentials denied by authoritarian China, I never thought I'd see this crap happen in the US. And this "most reporters are okay but is aggressive" thing is the EXACT line Chinese propaganda printed about me. It's a tactic, people.

The people of Hong Kong should be up for the Nobel Peace Prize. Two million protesters — orderly, recycling, giving way to ambulances as massive crowds part, giving safety hat and gear to visiting foreign correspondents — what better example of peaceful resistance in 2019?

Hi. American foreign correspondent here. Just, er, a reminder to my domestic media peers that we don't call them "protesters" when it goes down like this when we report on other countries. And today honestly, is kind of a test of your judgment about that.

Right now, they're singling out . But tomorrow it'll be Journalist X. And later Journalist Y and Z. It can happen very quickly. And of course, there's always something wrong with the reporter. They'll go back ten years to find something you misreported if they have to.

There is something extra perverse when authoritarians round up the sons and daughters of their target as well. Jimmy Lai has shown he's willing to give up his wealth, his freedom, for his convictions. So they go after the only thing that might break him: his children.

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