China: Australia searched homes of four Chinese journalists

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Chinese foreign ministry on Wednesday said Australian authorities had searched and seized items from the home of four Chinese journalists in June, including reporters from Xinhua News Agency and China Media Group.

Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, said the Australian side did not give a reason for the searches or return the seized items.

Zhao said the Australian authorities’ actions severely interfered with Chinese media’s normal reporting in Australia and caused severe harm to these reporters and their families' mental health.

The actions on Chinese reporters have exposed the hypocrisy in the “freedom of press” flaunted by some Australians, Zhao said.