Chinese netters have reacted to the suspension of Voice of Germany’s veteran editor Zhang Danhong for comments that were “too pro-China”. Here’s the backgrounder.
With many netters already suspicious of Western media after the slanted reporting over the Lhasa riot, have held up this as yet another example of Western media’s mandate to vilify China.
Here are some netter’s comments on Baidu:
Zhang Danhong’s trouble has nothing to do with eastern values, it’s the way her opinion has turned Western media’s values upside down. In reality it is the mandate of German mainstream media to demonize China
The reason for Zhang Danhong’s suspension is because her language does not match the views her employer, and being contrary to the German media. So what is German media’s tone? What is Zhang’s tone?
In the last two years, German media has been passionate about reporting China negativly and unfairly… and Zhang? She only said a few honest words when she thought about China’s success in pulling 400 million people out of poverty in recent decades.
On the surface, this is an example of Western media’s double standard. In reality, it is a reflection of the environment and public opinion. Zhang Danhong had thought, Voice of Germany’s attitude change towards her is because of the enormous external pressure. Seemingly, this is not only contradiction to principle of free media, more so contradiction to [Western] ideals.