3月7日 国务委员兼外交部长王毅就中国外交政策和对外关系回答中外记者提问 新华社记者 陈晔华 摄
In February, a video was posted on Sina Weibo and other platforms like Bilibili by Damo Uncle, a blogger and documentary production insider. He wanted to take a look at how the BBC’s news coverage of China distorted the truth.
Damo Uncle mocked the Western media’s use of tricks, such as deliberate shooting angles and post-production techniques like lighting changes, to distort the news. He called the latter one as an “underworld filter”.
The video has been viewed more than 21 million times and received about 3 million likes.
According to Damo Uncle, he made the video because he couldn’t stand seeing how little fact there is in many Western media reports on China.
“That’s like, I’ve already moved into a comfortable, two-story house but they insist that I’m still living in a shelter. It’s so far from the truth,” Damo Uncle told China Daily.
With better education and broader horizons, many Chinese people nowadays are capable of identifying reports with obvious political agendas that arise from being ignorant about China. The Chinese public will not remain silent on biased and even fake news cooked up by some Western media, national political advisers said.
“In the past, members of the Chinese public were not used to, or capable of, communicating smoothly with the world. As they enjoy better living standards and become more confident, they now have the time and capability to express their disappointment over inaccurate information about China and openly discuss it,” said Ji Zhiye, a member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and former head of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.
On March 8, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying forwarded a post on Twitter. It’s a photo of a group of foreign reporters flocking to take pictures of a member of the armed police on guard duty at Tian’anmen Square in Beijing during the recent two sessions.
This once again proved how some Western media use shooting and editing techniques to make up stories about China without presenting the full picture.
“How to take a ‘standard’ photo of China by Western standards? Must include: Chinese flags, police, traffic cams, long focus, low angle, and gloomy filters. Mustn’t include: blue sky, smiling passersby, an objective view of China,” Hua wrote.
While meeting with the media on March 7, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that no matter how the world changes, the media should stand by their professional ethics.
“Foreign journalists should not apply any filter to their cameras, whether one of beauty or gloom when reporting on China. Truthful, objective, and fair stories will always appeal to people and can stand the scrutiny of history,” he said.