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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 reporter raises a question to State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a press conference on March 7 during the fourth session of the 13th National People's Congress, China's top legislature. [Photo by Wang Jing/China Daily]

Broader horizons

With better education and broader horizons, many Chinese people nowadays are capable of identifying reports with obvious political agendas that arise from being ignorant about China.

"There are many Western media reports and documentaries produced by foreign media outlets that present China objectively, or offer sincere and constructive suggestions. We value them," he said. "But like most of my followers, what I cannot stand is those packed with subjectivity."

On Sunday, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that no matter how the world changes, the media should stand by their professional ethics. "Foreign journalists should not apply any filter to their cameras, whether one of beauty or gloom, when reporting on China. Truthful, objective and fair stories will always appeal to people and can stand the scrutiny of history," he said while meeting with the media.

On March 2, UK Ambassador to China Caroline Wilson posted an article titled "Do foreign media hate China?" on the embassy's WeChat social media platform. Many Chinese people were angered by her words, not only because of the prejudices that characterize Western media's reporting on China, but also because of their double standards.

In her article, Wilson only mentioned China's expulsion of Western journalists, but did not mention the expulsion of Chinese journalists by the United States.

The head of the European Affairs Department of China's Foreign Ministry summoned Wilson on Tuesday and lodged solemn representations over the article. The Chinese diplomat said the article posted by Wilson was full of ideological prejudice and double standards, and such commentary is inappropriate for a foreign diplomat.

Damo Uncle said he will continue to speak out and make more videos about how some Western media use shooting and editing techniques to make up stories about China without presenting the full picture, because there are so many examples.

"We don't hate the Western media outlets. Many documentaries produced by BBC are of very high quality and many reports by foreign media have truly recorded many aspects of Chinese society," he said. "But we do hate the fact that some of the Western media deliberately choose to turn blind eyes to facts that are right in front of them," he said.

"As China is becoming stronger and her people understand the world better, we want to have fairer treatment," he said.

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