Date
12 December 2017
China ranks sixth among countries with the least freedom of the press, according to the 2014 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders. Photo:AFP
China ranks sixth among countries with the least freedom of the press, according to the 2014 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders. Photo:AFP

China enjoys press freedom, local journalist group says

The China Journalist Association, an organization managed by the Communist Party, has dismissed western media criticisms that the country has one of the world’s most restrictive media environments.

Allegations that China is suppressing press freedom are untrue, groundless and irresponsible, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Friday, citing an unnamed spokesperson of the group.

In fact, when reporting about the March 1 attack at the Kunming train station in southwest China’s Yunnan province, some western media such as CNN used quotation marks to describe the attackers as “terrorists as defined by China” while other news organizations such as the New York Times and Washington Post described the attackers as “radicals” but not terrorists, it said.

Such practice showed that western media have double standards when reporting about terrorist attacks in China, the group said.

China ranks sixth among countries with the least freedom of the press, according to the 2014 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders.

It is No. 183 among 197 countries and regions in the 2014 Global Press Freedom Report prepared by Freedom House, an international human rights organization.

“These rankings and indices are completely inconsistent with the actual media environment in the nation, and these are deliberate slanders and ideologically biased,” the China Journalist Association spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Media has to work under the guidelines of constitution and laws, and other nations are not allowed to meddle with China’s internal affairs under the umbrella of “internet freedom”, the spokesperson said.

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