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Public speaks out against Western media bias

By CUI JIA and MO JINGXI | China Daily | Updated: 2021-03-11 07:16

A woman works at a factory in Kashgar, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. [Photo/Xinhua]

The BBC's recent stories alleging "systematic abuses" of Uygur ethnic women in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, and cooking up so-called human rights violations in Wuhan, Hubei province, with a video of an anti-terrorism drill, have also aroused anger among Chinese people.

The popularity of social media platforms offers ordinary Chinese people a channel to air their sentiment and views. A video blogger nicknamed Damo Uncle recently posted a video on various social media platforms mocking the BBC for using tricks to distort news through deliberate shooting angles and post-production techniques including changing the lighting of clips, which he dubbed an "underworld filter".

He said he made the video because he cannot stand seeing how little fact there is in many Western media reports on China.

"That's like, I've already moved into a comfortable, two-story house but they insist that I'm still living in a shelter. It's so far from the truth. That's why they have become the laughingstock among the Chinese people," said Damo Uncle, who only wished to use his social media nickname.

Damo Uncle, a documentary production insider, has more than 8.74 million followers on Sina Weibo, a popular microblogging platform, as well as video-sharing platforms Douyin and Bilibili. The video, posted on Feb 1, had been viewed more than 21.3 million times by Tuesday and received about 3.3 million likes.

"We welcome criticism on China, but it should be fair and based on facts. Criticism based on lies and obvious double standards is meaningless," he said.

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