A few days ago, a reporter from the official Chinese News Agency (Xinhua) published a picture of Western photographers standing in a group in Tiananmen Square, pointing the camera at a guard. The air is gray and the square is deserted in the background.
And the journalist wrote in his tweet: “If you are wondering where all these pictures of the Chinese police came from.” In the next thread, it accuses the Western media of focusing on taking pictures of the uniformed guards and police.
How do you capture a “standard” picture of China by Western standards? Should include: Chinese flags, police, traffic cameras, long focus, low angle and blurred filter. It shouldn’t include: blue skies, smiling passers-by, and an objective picture of China, ”wrote Hua Chunying, a foreign policy spokeswoman who usually holds daily press conferences.
Part of the reason is that the photographers were restricted in their movement and under strict supervision. Tiananmen Square was empty of people because it was closed to the public during this year’s most important political meeting, the People’s Congress. As for the gray filter, most days of the week passed normally. Anyone looking for Beijing air quality on their mobile phone or computer got the message: Unhealthy. Yes, it was enough to look out the window to see the situation.
War of Words on Twitter It should be viewed in terms of the growing conflict between Western media and the regime. In particular, the British public services company BBC is in the line of fire to receive increasingly fierce criticism. The BBC deliberately portrayed China in a negative gray light and tariffs on objectivity, according to the system.
It is possible that one of the reasons for the severe attacks of the Chinese system is that the British television corporation Ofcom has withdrawn the license for the CGTN state television channel issued in English and Chinese. The motive was that the channel lacked publisher responsibility for its material.
Ofcom also accused CGTN of being under the control of the Chinese Communist Party and fined the broadcaster for sending him a public confession of British citizen Peter Humphrey, a confession he claimed was forced to make after his release.
In what By most of the interpreters in response, BBC World, which had already restricted its broadcasts to some hotels and other places with a lot of foreigners, has been shut down in China. China justified the closure by saying that the BBC’s reports on China “violate the principles of honesty and independence in the press.”
At the time, the BBC’s report on how Muslims were treated in Xinjiang and developments in Hong Kong had already been widely criticized. According to the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a think-tank, a coordinated media operation is underway as Chinese state media, communist influencers and national trolls have attacked the BBC on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
Ironically, the platforms Which have all been blocked in China by the Chinese firewall, but are used by state representatives to reach a foreign audience.
The conflict escalated further when the British ambassador to Beijing, Caroline Wilson, wrote a post on Wechat, the most popular social media in China, about freedom of the press. Caroline Wilson noted that foreign journalists in China are misinterpreted.
“Foreign media’s criticism of the Chinese authorities does not mean that they disagree with China. On the contrary, I believe that they are acting in good faith and play an active role as auditors of government actions, ensuring that people have accurate information and protect those without a voice.”
It didn’t take long Long before she was called to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, which accused her of arrogance and ideological bias. In a statement, the Department of European Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry wrote that Wilson is acting on behalf of individual foreign media, media that report false and incorrect news.
During the meeting, Wilson will be informed that the Chinese government and people never oppose foreign media, except for those who throw “fake news” and maliciously attack China, the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese regime under the banner of “freedom of the press.” And “freedom of expression.”
But the British ambassador stands by his position. She wrote on Twitter that she was behind her article and added, “There is no doubt that the Chinese ambassador to the United Kingdom is behind more than 170 articles he was free to publish in the British press.”