Lhasa riot reports show media bias in West

By Ye Jun (China Daily)
Updated: 2008-03-22 09:04
Chinese netizens, including students studying overseas, have been angered by biased and sometimes dishonest reports about the recent riots in Tibet by some Western media.

Pictures from some media websites, including CNN and BBC, with untrue reports about the riots have been posted on chatrooms, drawing criticism.

“I used to think the Western media were fair. But how could they turn a blind eye to the killing and arson by rioters?” asked a posting at pic.qikoo.com.

The pictures illustrate how news can be manipulated.

The BBC News website carries a picture with the caption saying “There is a heavy military presence in Lhasa”, while the photo clearly shows an ambulance bearing the red cross symbol.

The American Fox News website published a photo with the caption “Chinese troops parade handcuffed Tibetan prisoners in trucks”, while the photo shows Indian police dragging a man away.

CNN.com used a cropped photo of Chinese military trucks, cutting off the half of the picture showing a crowd of rioters throwing rocks at the trucks.

More notably, the websites of Germany’s Bild newspaper, N-TV and RTL TV, and the Washington Post all used pictures of baton-wielding Nepalese police in clashes with Tibetan protesters in Kathmandu, claiming that the officers were Chinese police.

“To tarnish China’s image, the West is doing whatever they can, no mater how mean and vicious,” said one netizen on http://www.huanqiu.com.

“Is this what they call Western democracy and freedom of speech?” asked another netizen.

Huai Bao, a student studying filmmaking in Vancouver, Canada, said: “I have read some news and online discussions made by those who have never been to Tibet, who have zero knowledge about China and the history of Tibet. These people have no rights to comment on Tibet.”

Bao, from Beijing, became a believer in Tibetan Buddhism after meeting his master, a high-profile lama, in the Chinese capital.

He said that some Tibetan monks set fire to shops, schools and hospitals, and attacked Han and Tibetan people, including women and children.

“My master told me that the monks involved in the riots were not real monks, as violence and crimes are absolutely against the teachings of Buddha,” he wrote in an e-mail to China Daily.

Netizens also mentioned a blog (kadfly.blogspot.com) run by a group of Western tourists traveling in Tibet during the riot, where photos and video clips of Tibet are posted.

Although their photos were used by the New York Times and the BBC, the following words did not make it into the Western press.

One blogger wrote: “I want to make one thing clear because all of the major news outlets are ignoring a very important fact the protests yesterday were NOT peaceful.”

He wrote that all of the eyewitnesses agreed that “the protesters went from attacking Chinese police to attacking innocent people very, very quickly. They appeared to target Muslim and Han Chinese individuals and businesses first but many Tibetans were also caught in the crossfire.”

A video clip was posted on the blog, in which a Han motorcyclist, an obvious passerby, was stoned by a crowd of mob.

Bao said there is a unanimous feeling of anger among his Chinese friends in Vancouver.

“Any news about China has to be negative so that they will believe it – from ‘poisonous toys to poisonous dumplings’. Some foreign media have a particular interest in bashing China over human rights and pollution. They turn a blind eye to all progressive changes.”

9 thoughts on “Lhasa riot reports show media bias in West

  1. Ken Young

    Yes, the West, especially USA, should right its wrong by changing the outdated ONE CHINA policy as follows:

    There is only ONE CHINA on earth which consists of Tibet, Taiwan, Sinkiang, PRC [if not vanish as USSR did] & other ethnic groups. Furthermore, PRC represents CCP only instead of the entire China. PRC is not equal to China & neither China equals to PRC.

    Then & only then, there will be a long lasting peace in the region and PRC will not be accused by anyone anymore!!

    It is so simple, why US & Associates dare not to push for it?! Pity! Pity!!

  2. Richard Branson

    Nancy Pelosi Succeed To Write Her Name Into Olympic History, With Her HUGE Hypocrisy

    Author : Richard Branson

    On March 14, 2008

    Hundreds of people came out at Lhasa, Tibet. Suddenly, these people act brutally, throwing stones, set up fire on houses, stores, vehicles, and hitting people.

    These coordinated brutal attackers are demanding a free Tibet from China. Only in a couple of hours, Tibet is on fire. Rescue forces and policemen are unable to control these rioters.

    Less than 100 people or maybe more died before the security forces succeed to control the chaos. Among the victims are an 8 month-old-baby and 4 girls working as shopkeepers, who were burnt to death.

    On March 21, 2008 ( 07 DAYS LATER )

    Nancy Pelosi, a US House Speaker rush to meet the spiritual leader of Tibet, Dalai Lama, who was accused by China as the planner of the brutal attack. There, Pelosi gave Dalai Lama a moral support, and condemn China who used forces to control the situation.

    Then to provoke the world peaceful community, in front of a crowd of thousands Tibetans including monks and schoolchildren, Nancy Pelosi said “If freedom loving people throughout the world do not speak out against China’s oppression in Tibet, we have lost all moral authority to speak on behalf of human rights anywhere in the world”.

    Most of media all over the world quickly quoted what she said, exactly the way she has planned. Many western media found that they have no other option than to bias the truth about the Tibet chaos, in order to make it suitable with Pelosi’s statement. Some of them even cut part of the image to mislead public, some used the real picture with mislead information, some even use videos taken from Nepal to mislead the truth.

    Several foreigners touring at Tibet when the chaos happened has turn out their voice about media bias, urging people to see the whole picture. But their voice has been turned down by many media, leaving only small room for them.

    On March 23, 2008 ( 02 DAYS LATER )

    Four US soldiers died by a roadside bomb in Baghdad, making the death toll 4000 since Iraq war. Meanwhile, a British agency estimated that about one million civilians has been died since the war. Mr. Bush quickly show up and offer condolences to the troops family. Nancy Pelosi didn’t even show up. She didn’t even speak out about human rights in Iraq. She doesn’t even send any condolences.
    People across the world, including those freedom loving people in America, who expects her to take her huge part to stop Iraq war, are very disappointed. She doesn’t even do something significant at the fifth anniversary of Iraq war at March 20, 2008.

    Many people are shocked with her HUGE hypocrisy, when they compare what Pelosi rush to do in Tibet chaos and Iraq war. Facing 4000 deaths on her own side and about one millions civilian death in Iraq, the human-right-police should said something like “If freedom loving people throughout the world do not speak out against Iraq war, we have lost all moral authority to speak on behalf of human rights anywhere in the world”

    Nancy Pelosi has succeed to write her name in Olympic history, with her HUGE hypocrisy. Meanwhile, China will be recorded in the history who try to do the best to hold the Olympic Games. What makes difference is one get respect, the others don’t.

    The consequence of her statement had move many freedom loving people throughout the world to attack the Olympic. It started happening when Tibetan protesters disrupt Olympic Flame ceremony on March 25, at Olympia, Greece. Along the way, there will be many protesters who try to disrupt the Olympic, or hold a peaceful demonstration. But the world history will record that all of this peaceful attack can only be related to one person, Nancy Pelosi.

    Do the Chinese media as the victim has the courage to publish this article ? Do the western un-censored media has the courage to publish this article ? We will see in the few days.

    To conclude the whole article, I found the best quotation at a Hollywood film, starred by Bruce Willis, “Tears of the Sun”. Here is the quotation “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”.

  3. Vincent from Malaysia

    Nancy Pelosi was talking thru her arse.Her words were fragrant to the Dalai Lama but repulsive to Chinese Malaysian like me!

  4. George

    If someone really believe those monks in the Tibet are honest and totally believe in their story of suppression, check this link out for their credit:

    http://club.backchina.com/main/viewthread.php?tid=647537&extra=page%3D1

    The first picture in the link shows that the tibet monks were changing their clothes to Chinese Public Security force uniform to fake suppression shows to cheat the world. Their monk robes were still in hand. Their standing formation, monk’s haircut style (shaved) and white socks all betrayed their real identity. The second picture is real Chinese force, notice the emblem in upper arm, which has been required for Chinese Public security force since 2005.

    Just like their master liar Dalai, they are trying to spreading lies about China in such a shameless way.

  5. This is getting ridiculous. People were claiming that this same picture shows Chinese soldiers who had dressed up in monk wardrobe to incite violence, whereas now we have George saying its Tibetan monks who have somehow got a hold of Chinese soldier uniforms in order to fake oppressive measures by the Chinese government.

    From what I’ve heard this is actually a picture of Chinese soldiers who were used as monks for a Chinese film in 2003. The fact that the bystanders are not wearing winter clothes is another giveaway and also the uniforms are of an older date.

    Now it looks like your the one spreading lies.

  6. Nancy Lie

    Nancy Pelosi Succeed To Write Her Name Into Olympic History, With Her HUGE Hypocrisy

    Author : Richard Branson

    On March 14, 2008

    Hundreds of people came out at Lhasa, Tibet. Suddenly, these people act brutally, throwing stones, set up fire on houses, stores, vehicles, and hitting people.

    These coordinated brutal attackers are demanding a free Tibet from China. Only in a couple of hours, Tibet is on fire. Rescue forces and policemen are unable to control these rioters.

    Less than 100 people or maybe more died before the security forces succeed to control the chaos. Among the victims are an 8 month-old-baby and 4 girls working as shopkeepers, who were burnt to death.

    On March 21, 2008 ( 07 DAYS LATER )

    Nancy Pelosi, a US House Speaker rush to meet the spiritual leader of Tibet, Dalai Lama, who was accused by China as the planner of the brutal attack. There, Pelosi gave Dalai Lama a moral support, and condemn China who used forces to control the situation.

    Then to provoke the world peaceful community, in front of a crowd of thousands Tibetans including monks and schoolchildren, Nancy Pelosi said “If freedom loving people throughout the world do not speak out against China’s oppression in Tibet, we have lost all moral authority to speak on behalf of human rights anywhere in the world”.

    Most of media all over the world quickly quoted what she said, exactly the way she has planned. Many western media found that they have no other option than to bias the truth about the Tibet chaos, in order to make it suitable with Pelosi’s statement. Some of them even cut part of the image to mislead public, some used the real picture with mislead information, some even use videos taken from Nepal to mislead the truth.

    Several foreigners touring at Tibet when the chaos happened has turn out their voice about media bias, urging people to see the whole picture. But their voice has been turned down by many media, leaving only small room for them.

    On March 23, 2008 ( 02 DAYS LATER )

    Four US soldiers died by a roadside bomb in Baghdad, making the death toll 4000 since Iraq war. Meanwhile, a British agency estimated that about one million civilians has been died since the war. Mr. Bush quickly show up and offer condolences to the troops family. Nancy Pelosi didn’t even show up. She didn’t even speak out about human rights in Iraq. She doesn’t even send any condolences.

    People across the world, including those freedom loving people in America, who expects her to take her huge part to stop Iraq war, are very disappointed. She doesn’t even do something significant at the fifth anniversary of Iraq war at March 20, 2008.

    Many people are shocked with her HUGE hypocrisy, when they compare what Pelosi rush to do in Tibet chaos and Iraq war. Facing 4000 deaths on her own side and about one millions civilian death in Iraq, the human-right-police should said something like “If freedom loving people throughout the world do not speak out against Iraq war, we have lost all moral authority to speak on behalf of human rights anywhere in the world”.

    Nancy Pelosi has succeed to write her name in Olympic history, with her HUGE hypocrisy. Meanwhile, China will be recorded in the history who try to do the best to hold the Olympic Games. What makes difference is one get respect, the others don’t.

    The consequence of her statement had move many freedom loving people throughout the world to attack the Olympic. It started happening when Tibetan protesters disrupt Olympic Flame ceremony on March 25, at Olympia, Greece. Along the way, there will be many protesters who try to disrupt the Olympic, or hold a peaceful demonstration. But the world history will record that all of this peaceful attack can only be related to one person, Nancy Pelosi.

    Do the Chinese media as the victim has the courage to publish this article ? Do the western un-censored media has the courage to publish this article ? We will see in the few days.

    To conclude the whole article, I found the best quotation at a Hollywood film, starred by Bruce Willis, “Tears of the Sun”. Here is the quotation “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”.

    NOTE : PLS SPREAD THIS ARTICLE ACROSS THE GLOBE…(post it to mailing-list, blogs, emails, newspaper editors, bulletin boards, etc). It will help the American peaceful society to stop the Iraq War. It will help the world to realize that China is only the victim of Nancy Pelosi HUGE Hypocrisy. THANKS.

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