|U.S. accusation about China's press freedom groundless: FM|
BEIJING, May 7 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday rejected U.S. President Barack Obama's recent accusation that the country's press was not free.
Jiang Yu, spokeswoman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said the Chinese government protected freedom of speech according to law.
Jiang's remarks came in the wake of Obama's statement marking World Press Freedom Day on May 3.
She said China's media had developed vigorously since its reform and opening up to the outside world 30 years ago.
"The number of press staff has increased continuously," she said, adding that Chinese journalists enjoyed full freedom of news reporting, and their rights and interests were protected according to Chinese law.
At the same time, she noted, all people in China are equal before the law.
"We urge the U.S. to respect the facts, view China's press freedom correctly and stop groundless accusations against China," Jiang stressed.