Thursday, March 26, 2009

Objectivity

China has voiced concern (yet again) over the biased reporting on Tibet by foreign media. According to China Daily, China wants foreign correspondents to "carry out reports on Tibet in an objective, comprehensive and truthful way." This was in response to a video online of Chinese police beating Tibetans.

The Chinese government seems to believe that this video is fake and possibly editing by supporters of the Dalai Lama.

How exactly does the government think it will achieve objective reporting on Tibet and Tibetan regions if it forces all foreigners (reporters included) to leave the region? This leaves foreign media with no other choice but to speculate on what is happening there or using phone/online conversations to fill in details. Without open access to the region and its people, there can be nothing but hearsay when reporting on Tibet.

And China Daily is not considered a trusted name in news in other parts of the world.

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