Monday, March 31, 2008
CCP'S MEDIA MANIPULATION
he saga of the Chinese government's media manipulation continues. The Chinese language exile media outlet, Epoch Times has more on the story reported here last Tuesday, including these photographic proofs of the government's apparent realisation that it had been caught.
Briefly to recap: An ethnic Chinese woman from Thailand (who wishes not to be identified, with good reason) was studying in Lhasa when the riots broke out on March 14. She happened to be friends with a policeman in Lhasa, and was at the police station on March 14. There she saw a man walk in with a long knife in his hand and wearing Tibetan clothes, along with some Tibetans who had been arrested. The man later changed out of the Tibetan clothes, and back into his police uniform.
The overseas Chinese broadcaster NTDTV has covered the reports of Chinese agents provocateurs involved in the riots, said to originate from the British monitoring service GCHQ (which we mentioned here on March 22). NTDTV broadcasts to Chinese communites around the world, and into China via free-to-air satellite signal.
The G2 Bulletin has just published an important update on the situation in Tibet. Britain's GCHQ monitors half the world from space. They have confirmed the Dalai Lama's claim that CCP agents are posed as monks, and triggered riots that have left hundreds of Tibetans dead or injured.Unfortunately, the G2 Bulletin is a subscription-only security briefing service. Any G2 subscribers want to spill the beans?
GCHQ analysts believe the Beijing leadership is behind the large riots as a way to provide an excuse to stamp out the simmering unrest in the region.
The same has been confirmed by British intelligence officers in Beijing.
Satellites orbiting the earth closely monitored the situation. The images they downloaded from the satellites provided confirmation the CCP used agent provocateurs to start riots.
The CCP's media manipulation can take many forms, as in this humorous revelation from the Tibetan government in exile. It seems that a Chinese website with links to the PRC government has reported an anti-Tibetan demonstration by Chinese students outside Tibet House in London. The problem is, no one saw anything!
The Office of Tibet, London, would like to categorically state that we are not aware of any such demonstration. If we had seen any Chinese demonstrators, instead of threatening them, we would have invited them for a cup of tea to discuss their grievances, in line with His Holiness the Dalai Lama's emphasis on dialogue and non-violence.No staff of the Office of Tibet in London, nor anyone at the Kailash Centre (same location) saw any sign of demonstrations at the time in question (March 22). As demonstrators need a permit in London, checks were made at the local police station, just two blocks away from Tibet House. No such application was submitted. No protest took place as reported on the Chinese website, which claimed the students "held placards demanding fair media coverage of events in Tibet and stood their ground in the face of threats from the separatists".
Police told the Office of Tibet staff to contact them straight away if they had any problems. Their statement on the matter concludes thusly:
In the light of the above facts, we feel sorry for all those Chinese students who have been compelled to involve themselves in this so-called demonstrations. Such acts only expose to what length the official Chinese machinery would go to fabricate the truth about Tibet. Indulgence in such acts and lies will further tarnish the international image of China and the Chinese people.UPDATE: There is a slightly more innocent explanation for that last photo. I'm informed by the creator of the Buddhism website (link above) that during a film shoot, the monks of a monastery refused to perform as actors. The PLA then sent a bunch of soldiers to perform as monks!
We would therefore like to urge the Chinese authorities to put more effort to resolve the Tibet issue and to seek truth from facts rather then wasting resources in such gimmicks.
Art imitating life?