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Irish journalist forced to leave China following legal threats from authorities

Irish journalist Yvonne Murray has been forced to leave China along with her family due to legal threats and pressure from Chinese authorities.

Yvonne, who regularly reports for RTÉ, is married to senior BBC correspondent John Sudworth who reported on Xinjiang rights abuses and the Covid-19 pandemic and is now facing backlash as a result.

Last week, they relocated to Taiwan with Murray stating, “It’s really because the pressure and the threats from the Chinese government just became too much, and this has been going on for some time,”.

Legal threats began along with personalised attacks through the state media which left them defenceless in terms of counteracting these attacks due to the blocking of foreign media news outlets in China.

The couple has stated that they will continue to cover China while in Taiwan.

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