UK expelled Chinese journalists 'working as spies', putting in risk al the MI6 agents working as UK journalists all over the world
The departures came after suspicions their work in the media was cover for intelligence gathering. But... this is exactly what journalists do, right? It’s exactly their job to investigate and gather information, to “spy” in order to bring light into undercover stories...
Their departure, first reported by the Daily Telegraph, came because they had arrived under journalism visas but were believed to be working for the Ministry of State Security, part of China's intelligence apparatus.
Their departure was low-key and did not come in the past few months.
The Home Office declined to comment on the reports.
It is not clear which media organisations they worked for. The Chinese Embassy in London has been contacted for comment.
The revelation came after Ofcom on Thursday revoked the licence of the Chinese state broadcaster CGTN to operate in the UK.
The broadcasting regulator said the company that had the licence did not have day-to-day control over the channel which was against the rules.
The decision was not linked to the reports about the three Chinese journalists.
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was "firmly opposed" to Ofcom's ruling.