Chinese state-run media have accused the Western media of ‘distorting’ the truth of the Hong Kong protests, which have left the Asian financial hub in turmoil for more than seven weeks.
China Daily, the largest official English-language news portal in China, today strongly criticised ‘some Western and Hong Kong media’ for misleading the public in their coverage of the ongoing unrest, citing a variety of news outlets.
In a post on Twitter, which has been blocked in China by the authorities, the official newspaper said relevant reports had also damaged the image of Hong Kong police in a video report.
Riot police fire tear gas at protesters during a protest at Sai Wan district in Hong Kong on Sunday. Hong Kong has been rocked by protests over the past two months against a proposed bill that would allow people to be extradited from the city to stand trial in mainland China
A bleeding man reacts as he is taken away by policemen after being attacked by protesters outside Kwai Chung police station in Hong Kong today. Chinese state newspaper has said that some Hong Kong and Western media had ‘demonised’ China with their reports on the unrest
A protester throws back a tear gas canister towards police during a demonstration on Sunday
China said at a press conference that attempts by what it called some irresponsible figures in the West to stoke turbulence in Hong Kong and contain China’s development would fail
The report emerged after Beijing this week suggested that the United States had been plotting the unrest in Hong Kong.
China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying yesterday said that the recent violent protests in Hong Kong were ‘the work of the U.S.’.
She reiterated that Beijing would not allow any foreign forces to interfere in the country’s internal affairs.
Hua’s remarks came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said China should ‘do the right thing’ in dealing with protests in the territory, urging all sides to avoid violence.
‘I believe that Mr Pompeo … thinks that the recent violence in Hong Kong is reasonable because everyone knows that this is the work of the United States,’ Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying (pictured) said at a regular press briefing yesterday
Hua made the remarks after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said China should ‘do the right thing’ in dealing with protests in Hong Kong, urging all sides to avoid violence
Media in mainland China had not been covering the protests, which started from early June, until very recent when a group of protesters vandalised the Chinese national emblem and the Beijing’s representative office in Hong Kong.
One expert told The Wall Street Journal that China seemed to be trying to control the narrative of the Hong Kong protests after news of the rallies had reached mainland despite censorship efforts.
China Daily’s video report accused some media of ‘demonising’ China.
Some news outlets had ‘purposefully ignored footage and evidence showing protesters involved in street arson and attacks on police’, added China Daily.
It gave a number of examples to show how the political crisis had been ‘misrepresented’ in the West by the press.
One of the examples shows an elderly woman shouting and confronting other people in the street.
One of the examples given by China Daily shows an elderly woman shouting and confronting other people in the street. The Chinese newspaper said the woman was trying to tell protesters to ‘go away’ and restore peace in Yuen Long. Other footage shows her confronting police
Hong Kong’s roiling unrest took a dark turn on July 21 when gangs of men – most wearing white T-shirts and carrying bats, sticks and metal poles – set upon anti-government demonstrators
Men in white T-shirts with poles are seen in Yuen Long on July 21 after attacking anti-extradition bill demonstrators as well as other commuters at the train station
The report claimed that the clip captured the woman attempting to restore peace on July 27 in Yuen Long by telling protesters to go away. A group of club-wielding mobsters had stormed a subway station in the area and beat protesters and passengers indiscriminately a week earlier.
The Chinese newspaper then cited a report from Mashable, claiming that the New York-headquartered website – best known for its tech and digital culture – had twisted the truth behind the video.
The Mashable’s report said that the elderly woman was trying to protect the young protesters from the police.
It cited a tweet from Joshua Wong, an activists who had been jailed by the Hong Kong authorities for his involvement in the 2014 pro-democracy protests Umbrella Revolution.
A separate report from Hong Kong TV station TVB Jade showed the same woman shouting at anti-riot police, accusing them of ignoring the white-clad thugs who had attacked residents.
The China Daily report also condemned Apple Daily and the BBC without naming specific articles.
Apple Daily, which has offices in Hong Kong and Taiwan, is founded by 70-year-old Jimmy Lai Chee-Ying and is known for its pro-democracy stance and colour reporting.
In a strongly worded opinion piece in Global Times, founder of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party Martin Lee Chu-ming and media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-Ying were criticised for their roles in the city’s ongoing anti-government movement and inviting foreign interference. Above, Jimmy Lai Chee-Ying meets with US Vice-President Mike Pence in the White House on July 8 this year
Martin Lee Chu-ming, 81, nicknamed as ‘the father of democracy’ in Hong Kong, is a founder of the Democratic Party and served on the government’s Basic Law drafting committee in 1985
Protesters with helmet and homemade shields seen during a stand off with Hong Kong police on Sunday night. The demonstrations were triggered by a controversial bill which would have allowed extraditions to China but have evolved into a call for wider democratic reforms
Another Chinese state-run newspaper Global Times has labelled media tycoon Lai a ‘modern traitor’ who colluded with Western forces including the United States to stoke anti-government sentiment over the proposed extradition law.
Early this month, Lai met with US Vice-President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington over the now-suspended extradition bill.
Hong Kong has been rocked by protests over the past two months against a proposed bill that would allow people to be extradited from the city to stand trial in Communist Party-controlled courts in mainland China.
The mass display of opposition to the bill has morphed into a wider pro-democracy movement that has thrown down the most significant challenge to Beijing’s authority since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
Dozens of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters appeared in court today after being charged with rioting, setting the stage for further unrest in a weeks-long crisis that has rocked the global financial hub.
Forty-three defendants showed up in court. All were released on bail with a vast majority given a midnight curfew.
A women (central) leaves the Eastern District Court after facing a riot charge. The accused included a teacher, a nurse, an airline pilot, a barber, a chef, an electrician, a construction worker and unemployed people, according to their charge sheets
Demonstrators chant slogans as they gather outside the Eastern Court in Hong Kong. The city’s police said last yesterday that 44 people, aged between 16 and 41, had been charged with rioting and one other with possessing offensive weapons
A protester holds a placard that reads: ‘No rioters, only tyranny’ while chanting slogans as they gather outside the Eastern Court in Hong Kong. The vast majority of the accused individuals showed up in court this morning and were granted bail
Chinese defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian (pictured in 2017) said at a news conference in Beijing that the ministry has been ‘paying close attention’ to the situation in Hong Kong
The announcement last night that 44 people had been charged with rioting – an offence that carries a jail term of up to 10 years – immediately triggered another round of clashes between police and protesters.
The White House has said that it is monitoring a sudden ‘congregation’ of Chinese forces at the border of Hong Kong, according to reports, amid fears that Beijing could step up their control over the city’s unrest which has escalated to unprecedented level.
A White House official, who wished to remain anonymous, told journalists that there could be a build-up of military troops or armed police at the border between mainland China and Hong Kong without giving further details, reported Bloomberg.
In the latest confrontation, police used pepper spray and batons against hundreds of protesters who had gathered outside a police station in solidarity with those who had just been charged.
Footage broadcast live on television showed an officer aiming a shotgun at protesters who were throwing objects at him.
The previous two weekends had seen a surge in the level of violence used by both protesters and police, who repeatedly fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse projectile-throwing crowds.