Media Cheat on Tibet Riot
This blog gives a good compilation of how major media around the world misled the crowd by using pictures of violences occurred at other places/times, in their articles about the Tibetan riot took place last week. This list includes CNN, Washington Post in the U.S., BILD, N-TV, Spiegel, RTL TV in Germany.
It seems WordPress doesn’t allow linking pictures from Blogger, so please click the links above for the original post, or links below for some sample pictures. More pictures available from the original blog.
One can only believe that:
1) Either these media don’t have a qualified internal examination/inspection system,
2) Or, they were deliberately lying, trying to fool their audiences.
In either case, these media are NOT reliable sources of news. Shame on them.
Some more words, in response to a comment, added 03/24:
First of all I wasn’t saying “all Western media is lying on purpose”, the Economist, for one, did an objective report, which I linked in my previous post. But some, if not most, did lie on this. I have lived in the U.S. for a couple of years, and by comparing with the way they report their domestic issues, I wouldn’t believe all of them simply made technical mistakes. Reading their headline assertions that a government is “clashing”, “suppressing”, “violating” a “peaceful protest” without any confirmed source, I could sense the media’s remote hostility and obvious eagerness to take a side. That’s not the right way for doing news.
Personally I don’t believe the government did anything out of line in this incident. (gunshots were fired as you said, but for the purpose of warning instead of shooting, or in life threatening conditions, confirmed by different sources).
I do know (and witness) there has been “repression from Chinese government”. Until 1980’s the majority of the officials of Chinese government were under-educated and thus lacked the virtue of respecting cultures, including their own Chinese traditional. Combined with the Communists’ tradition of believing in violence, they did a lot of “prison, torture, destruction of culture” to all Chinese people, including but not especially toward the Tibetan ethnic. The good thing is, they have been quickly changing and learning from 1990’s. For Tibet, huge budgets were set to rebuild temples (the roof of one temple would cost hundreds kilograms of gold), to fund monks, and to build local economy. The claim that the government IS doing cultural genocide is groundless, even if it is claimed by the big shot Dalai Lama. I hope and support the government to make more progress on improving the condition in Tibet, culturally and all.
http://www.case.edu/affil/tibet/tibetanSociety/history.htm contains a lot of 3rd-party academic research articles regarding how Tibet was and is like. I recommend it to anyone who wants to know more truth about Tibet.