Liu Rui for the Global Times.
Global Times, the flag bearer of timely, accurate journalism, has published an opinion piece cum journalism lesson, entitled “Accuracy should come before politics in reporting on China” which had us doing a double-take just to make sho’ it wasn’t written by our good friend Hao Leifeng.
And my, my! What a hard-hitting piece it is! You’ll be thankful we’ve done all the reading so you don’t have to! Here are our favourite bits:
Some foreign media often report false news about China. In 2008, some separatists rioted, burned property, looted and killed people on the street in Lhasa, Tibet. When CNN and other Western media reported on the unrest, they cropped the photos of the scene and intentionally confused the facts. This remains fresh in people’s minds. Nowadays such tricks have been used again by the Agence France Presse (AFP) and other foreign media.
This is the China that those journalists with bad professional ethics want to see, but such kind of China does not exist, so they have to piece together different photos, search on Internet and affix forcibly the photos of large crowds with Chinese-looking faces.
These Western media think that using French, English, Norwegian or traditional Chinese characters to caption these photos will make them convincing, but they are exposed by Chinese netizens in the end. Why are these forgers so bold and careless?
Frankly speaking, Western society, which is always picky about news facts, lays more emphasis on politics when talking about China. False stories about China attract less negative attention than defending China does.
Reports about China by the Western media are full of prejudice and spite, which leads to the biased topics of these reports. The Western media does most reports from a presupposed attitude and these reports describe a strange, closed and virulent China. From the macro-perspective, some Western media joins up to tell big lies about China.