In today's tour of state-sponsored propaganda, China's media pounces on Melissa Chan, North Koreans get a taste of the real world and Syrian media goes X-rated. We begin in Beijing.
Melissa Chan Got What She Deserved
Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan may have bravely exposed government land grabs and black jails while reporting in China but she totally deserved to be expelled from the country this week. At least that's the view of an Orwellian editorial in China's state-run newspaper Global Times Thursday. "She has produced some programs which are intolerable for China," reads the hit piece. But the editorial is not just opinionated bluster. It also has this Pulitzer Prize-worthy scoop: "According to foreign journalist sources here in Beijing, Melissa Chan holds an aggressive political stance." Oh, no!
Without giving any substantive criticism of her work, the editors move on to attacking the international press at large. "Foreign journalists in China must abide by journalistic ethics," it reads. "They have their values and reporting angles, but the bottom line is that they should not turn facts upside down." No word yet if the Global Times editors have RSVPd for the next Poynter seminar but tickets are still available.