Freedom of expression in India is shrinking as the last remaining Chinese reporter has been expelled from New Delhi. The visa extension of the last Chinese reporter, who was associated with the Chinese official News agency Xinhua, was denied by Indian authorities last month.

The expulsion marks the first instance in history that not a single Chinese journalist is present in India since 1980.

Critics say that the action reflects that there is no space for journalists in Modi’s government.

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Indian authorities have been accused of taking such steps to hide cruelty against minorities like Muslims, Kashmiris and Dalits.