Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Backlash

I'm not the one in trouble here. Apparently, China is extremely angry with all the foreign news outlets for their reporting on the current situation in Tibet. They are appropriately upset in some cases--a few newspapers were running photos from protests in India and Nepal with captions identifying the place as China and the police and soldiers as Chinese. The biggest loser in this case is CNN.

According to the Financial Times, CNN has had to move its Beijing office. Due to their "biased" reporting, China's netizens took it upon themselves to rectify the situation. Someone posted the office phone number and address online and encouraged people to complain. These vigilante complaints degenerated into threats toward the staff.

"CNN staff were forced to vacate their office in Beijing last Friday and operate from a nearby hotel after their phone and fax system was overwhelmed by the volume of calls, including many threats of violence."

This is the face that China is showing months before the Beijing Olympics. After they made a big dog and pony show about how foreign journalists would have more freedom in the country, it's allowing its citizens to threaten the lives of people who are doing their jobs. Is this the friendly face of China welcoming the world?

3 comments:

Stuart said...

China is starting to show its true colors. It's like a teenager who promises he's responsible and mature enough to drive the family car and ends up driving it into a lake.

JA Huber said...

You're certainly in China during interesting times. The Cuban-Americans think CNN is biased, too, I saw that in action during the Elian Gonzalez episode in Miami.

Lilly's Life said...

Wow what an interesting time to be in China. I find your posts riveting and well written. I shall be back for more!