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Western media's false coverage of Lhasa riots irritates netizens
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16:06, April 02, 2008

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Some western media's false coverage of the recent Lhasa riots has triggered protests from netizens at home and abroad.

Some netizens have even set up a website called anti-cnn (http://anti-cnn.com).

On the website's home page, the founders claim: "This website is established to expose the lies and distorted facts in the western media. The site is maintained by the individual volunteers, who are not associated with the businesses or government officials. We are not against the western media, but against the lies and fabricated stories in the media. We are not against the western people, but against the prejudice from the western society."

On March 27, a regular press conference was held by the Chinese Foreign Ministry. When asked whether the website is supported by Chinese government, Qin Gang, the ministry's spokesperson, replied, "The website reflects a social phenomenon, which deserves your reflection. You should read some western media coverage. Does this kind of phenomenon need to be instigated by the Chinese government? This is spontaneous criticism from the Chinese people of irresponsible and ethics-breaching journalistic coverage."

As a well-known media source in the U.S., CNN has been advocating fair and objective reports. But in the recent Lhasa riots, some western media, with CNN as one example, have released many false reports.

By People's Daily Online

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