Bloomberg employees claim company is self-censoring to keep China happy

Four staffers for news service Bloomberg have alleged to The New York Times that the company has held back a damning investigation into a wealthy Chinese billionaire’s ties to the government, fearing the story could lead to Bloomberg’s eviction from the country.

The plan to publish the story started to unravel in late October, the employees say, when two Bloomberg senior editors who’d previously raised no objections during the editing process said that the report had no “smoking gun” and revealed nothing new since a previous article published in 2012. Eventually, Matthew Winkler, Bloomberg News’ editor-in-chief, insisted on an internal conference call that the publication would be “kicked out of China” if it ran the report, comparing…

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