The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China has received many complaints from members about severe problems with the allocation of passes for China’s Oct. 1 National Day parade, and a lack of transparency about the process. Journalists who did get passes got them late at night, after many hours of waiting. Other passes remained unclaimed after correspondents had left in frustration. Some members who did wait were nonetheless excluded entirely.
In the future, for such large events, the FCCC calls on the Chinese authorities to provide better coordination, earlier information and a more transparent allocation of passes, all of which would be in keeping with normal international practices and China’s pledges of openness toward the media.