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Al Jazeera exits Beijing over secret jails, forced abortion reports

The English-language service of Doha-based broadcaster Al Jazeera has said it is to shut down its bureau in the Chinese capita, Beijing after China refused to renew the visa of a correspondent whose stories included reports on secret jails and forced abortions in the country, Bloomberg has reported. The government also declined to grant approval to replace the correspondent, Melissa Chan, 31, who had reported from China since 2007, Al Jazeera said. "The channel has expressed its disappointment in the situation and said it is continuing to request a presence in China," said Salah Negm, director of news at Al Jazeera English. "We are committed to our coverage of China."