Jun 12, 2018

Inside the scandal dividing Beijing’s foreign media community

A sexual misconduct scandal in the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China has polarised Western journalists working in Beijing, with claims that the fallout is fatally undermining the FCCC's role as an arbiter for press freedom.

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

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China's expat media community has been divided by allegations of inappropriate behaviour and bickering, after the president of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China was felled by a scandal earlier this year.

Jon Kaiman, the LA Times bureau chief, is currently suspended from his paper after two women published accusations of sexual misconduct against him. The first, Laura Tucker, was his housemate who, in January, published a post on Medium in which she described a 2013 sexual encounter with Kaiman that was initially consensual, then got out of control. In the post she states that she "explicitly voiced [her] lack of consent", then felt "pressured into sex".

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7 thoughts on “Inside the scandal dividing Beijing’s foreign media community

  1. Bob the builder

    Ho hum, and … ?

    The Crikey of old would have published the screenshots instead of ‘curating’ them for us. Please Crikey, you’re sounding more and more like the deadwood media every month.
    Bring back the old cheekiness!

  2. AR

    Kaiman complains of “being pressured” but confirmed that “all of the acts we engaged in were mutually consensual” so which is it?
    Isn’t this what the Germ pointed out – post coital regret?

    1. Kfix

      The fuck you talking about? Kaiman is the alleged offender.

      1. AR

        Quite right, I transposed the names out of carelessness and disinterest.

        1. Bob the builder

          … and the quotes. One from one, tuther from tuther.

          1. AR

            Mea culpa, so embarrassment, as Effie wouldn’t say.

  3. Bob the builder


    Tucker “states that she “explicitly voiced [her] lack of consent””.

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