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China expels al-Jazeera English reporter

8 May 2012 Last updated at 12:58 BST

Al-Jazeera has been forced to close its English-language bureau in Beijing after its reporter was expelled, the broadcaster has said.

China's decision not to renew the press credentials and visa of Melissa Chan was the first such action against a foreign reporter for many years.

The BBC's Martin Patience says foreign correspondents "often face harassment and sometime violence when covering sensitive issues" in China.