China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting

first_img In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival News ChinaPeruCanadaFranceAsia – PacificAmericasEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses News Receive email alerts As the pandemic continues to spread internationally while apparently stabilizing in China, Beijing has used its ambassadors to launch an all-out attack campaign against media that publish critical stories linked to the pandemic and China. RSF calls on the ambassadors to desist at once.“These statements by China’s ambassadors reflect a policy concerted at the highest level of the Chinese government that aims to control international media coverage,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia desk, citing the report entitled “China’s Pursuit of a New World Media Order” that RSF published in 2019.An opinion piece by Peru’s Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa in the El País and La República newspapers, saying the coronavirus crisis would not have happened if China had been “a free country and democratic rather than a dictatorship,” was branded as “irresponsible” on 16 March by China’s embassy in Peru, headed by the diplomat Liang Yu.China’s embassy in Canada, headed by Cong Peiwu, issued three angry statements on 7, 26 and 28 March in which he accused the National Post newspaper of making up claims about censorship in China, and also used the word “irresponsible” to describe the Globe and Mail newspaper’s reporters and sources for a story about the manufacturing of surgical masks in China.China’s embassy in Australia, headed by the diplomat Cheng Jingye, sent an email to a number of journalist in early March accusing them of “politicizing” the epidemic. China’s ambassador to France, Lu Shaye, a diplomat with a long history of attacking journalists, issued yet another statement yesterday accusing “certain French media” of “crossing a red line” by “gratuitously insulting China.”Ever since January, the Chinese regime’s censorship policies have been accused of helping to spread the coronavirus, which has so far killed more than 40,000 people and infected almost 900,000, and which has now become a pandemic.China is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 7, 2021 Find out more Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom News Help by sharing this information to go further Organisation News ChinaPeruCanadaFranceAsia – PacificAmericasEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses April 1, 2020 China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting RSF_en Follow the news on Asia – Pacific June 10, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges China’s ambassadors around the world to stop denigrating media outlets that criticize Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak. June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more