"Scarcely a day passes without criticism of foreign media in Chinese
state-controlled outlets. These attacks underscore the gap that exists between
Western perceptions of the role of journalists in democratic societies and
China’s view that media should serve the interests of the state.
Typical of the sort of criticism levelled at Western media is the following
contribution to the nationalistic Global Times by a professor of international
relations at Shanghai’s Fudan University.
What some media have done is exaggerate Chinese authorities’ fault in
a bid to overthrow the Chinese system. Take the BBC. This British
media outlet did not call on the British public to overthrow the
British government even if it has miserably failed to effectively curb
the spread of COVID-19. This is double standards.
This level of naivete is hard to credit, but it is revealing nevertheless of
the gap that exists between Chinese views of the Western media and vice versa.
China’s bluster against Western media may play to nationalist sentiment at
home, but it is hardly likely to be effective in neutralising foreign media
Australian media will not stop providing a platform for legitimate and widely
publicised concerns about China’s mistreatment of its minorities; its
disrespect for the “one country, two systems” agreements it signed with the UK
to facilitate the handover of Hong Kong; its threatening behaviour towards
Taiwan; and its expansion of base facilities in disputed waters of the South
Beijing’s trade war against Australia smacks of the sort of overreach that may
have become a staple of Chinese propaganda in state-run media, but in reality
this is not a campaign that serves China’s own interests."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics