World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Chinese orders to put “positive” spin on earthquake reports

April 24, 2013

IFJ condemns Chinese orders to put a “positive” spin on earthquake reports

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the insistence of Chinese authorities that the media report only “positive” news stories in the aftermath of last week’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake which has claimed 193 lives in Sichuan.

The earthquake struck on April in Lushan County in Ya’an City, Sichuan. Media outlets rushed to cover the disasters and while authorities did not prevent access to the affected zone, there were demands that the media confine themselves to only reporting “positive” news stories.

One Chinese Mainland journalist said: “Regarding the evacuation of victims, we were ordered not to make any comparisons (with earlier disasters) or comments about the evacuations conducted by the military.”

In May 2008 an 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck Wenchuan, Sichuan killing more than 69,000 people.

The IFJ Asia-Pacific Office said: “We have come to expect Chinese authorities demand the media put a positive ‘spin’ on news stories at times of natural disasters. But the authorities must recognise that the media’s role is not to be a mouthpiece of government. The media must be allowed to report what has happened and at times that will be stories the government would see as ‘negative’ – but that is the nature of news reporting in times of crisis. There should be no attempt to ‘sugar-coat’ stories using spin but a requirement to report honestly and truthfully. The public’s need to know exactly what has taken place in a disaster is paramount.”

The IFJ Asia-Pacific Office added that it is disappointing the Central Government, including Hong Kong Government officials, continue to place distinctions on news is “positive’ and “negative”.

“It is clearly misunderstanding the principle of press freedom and the responsibilities of journalist to inform their communities of the truth,” the IFJ said.

The IFJ urges Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to take the lead in quashing any attempts to spin the news in order to manipulate public opinion and, instead, to allow the media to perform their duties freely.

The IFJ represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries

Find the IFJ on Twitter: @ifjasiapacific

Find the IFJ on Facebook: www.facebook.com/IFJAsiaPacific

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Leaked: UK Counter-Terrorism Training Material

The PREVENT Strategy has permeated all aspects of public life in the UK. It is important that the training provided to public sector workers to implement the strategy is scrutinised for its empiricism. To this end, CAGE has released the most comprehensive leak of PREVENT training material so far. More>>

ALSO:

Weather: Aid Urgently Needed For Drought-Stricken Ethiopia

As the severity of ongoing drought in Ethiopia is exacerbated by the arid effects of ‘super El Nino’, ChildFund New Zealand is appealing to more New Zealanders to contribute to their growing aid response. More>>

'Very Concerned' After Court Ruling: UNHRC On Transfer Of 267 People From Australia To Nauru

Most of these people were reportedly brought to Australia from Nauru to receive medical treatment and are in a fragile physical and mental state. The group includes more than 12 women and at least one child who have allegedly suffered sexual assault or harassment while in Nauru. The group also includes 37 children born in Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Sanctions To Be Lifted: NZ Welcomes Implementation Of Iran Nuclear Deal

Duty Minister Nikki Kaye has welcomed the next stage in the historic nuclear deal between Iran, the Five Permanent (P5) members of the United Nations Security Council, and Germany... “New Zealand has now started the domestic process for removing the UN sanctions." More>>

ALSO:

Pre-Davos Reports: 62 People Own Same Wealth As Half The World

Runaway inequality has created a world where 62 people own as much wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population – a figure that has fallen from 388 just five years ago, according to an Oxfam report published today ahead of the annual gathering of the world’s financial and political elites in Davos.. More>>

ALSO:

Jakarta: UN Secretary-General On Attacks

The Secretary-General condemns the bombings and gun attacks in Jakarta today... there is absolutely no justification for such acts of terrorism. He hopes the perpetrators of today's attacks will be swiftly brought to justice. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news