fredag 6. august 2021

China Launches Campaign Against 'Fake News' Amid Flood Row With BBC

The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has launched a campaign against "fake news" that will mostly target online content, and will likely extend to Hong Kong. The move comes as Beijing accused the BBC of "fake news" in its reporting of the floods in the central province of Henan, following death threats targeting the broadcaster's correspondents initiated by the Henan branch of the CCP's Youth League.

China's foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian dubbed the corporation a "bad-mouthing broadcasting corporation" that had "attacked and vilified China, seriously deviating from journalistic standards" and a producer of "fake news." Zhao said the BBC deserved to be "unpopular" with the Chinese public. The BBC and other foreign journalists were then targeted by state journalists and other nationalists while on assignment in Henan, according to the Paris-based press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

"The youth division of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) published online death threats against foreign journalists covering the floods in central China's Henan province, triggering a wave of physical, verbal, and online harassment against them," RSF said in a statement on its website.