The Chinese consulate in Sydney might want to consider ceasing writing to the local Daily Telegraph.
On Wednesday, the Australian tabloid published an article submitted by the consulate which criticized those who have blamed the Chinese government for the global Covid-19 pandemic… after making a few minor edits which the paper said was “in keeping with China’s own media traditions of censorship and concealment.”
The redactions resulted in passages like:
- “China should be held ‘responsible’ for the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
- “China is providing its own epidemic to 127 countries.”
- “China’s sole purpose is to stand by and do nothing in the face of the global pandemic.”
- “Test reagents and masks exported from China are “below standard or defective.”
You can read the whole thing below:
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) April 14, 2020
The edits were made by blogger Tim Blair who last week published a series of rebuttals to the consulate’s criticisms of the Daily Telegraph’s reporting on the coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s a sampling with excerpts from the consulate’s letter followed by Blair’s responses:
Recently the Daily Telegraph has published a number of reports and opinions about China’s response to COVID-19 that are full of ignorance, prejudice and arrogance.
If a state-owned newspaper in China received this kind of complaint, subsequent days would involve journalists waking up in prison with their organs harvested.
Tracing the origin of the virus is a scientific issue that requires professional, science-based assessment.
Sure it does. How professional and science-based was the claim published on March 12 by China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian that “it might be US Army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan”?