International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ) is concerned by an order issued by China’s
Central Propaganda Department that Chinese media avoid any negative reporting of
this week’s hostage crisis in the Philippines.
order attempts to muzzle open reporting of the circumstances surrounding recent
events in the Philippines,
and must be lifted by China’s
central authorities immediately,” IFJ General Secretary Aidan
Hong Kong tourists were killed in a day-long siege by Philippines police on August 23, after a tour
bus with 22 passengers was hijacked by a former policeman in Manila. Seven people were injured and the
cause of death of the eight people remains unclear.
response, China’s Central
Propaganda Department demanded that all media in China should report positively on the
evacuation of the victims and survivors of the incident.
should be no reporting or sensationalist comment which could disturb bilateral
relationships with the Philippines,
the order said. Instead, journalists are required to report directly from
statements issued by China’s
is a strict rule - we have to follow the Foreign Ministry’s announcement when
reporting any case involving foreign affairs,” a journalist from China said.
are not surprised to receive this order although I think the handling of the
crisis by the Philippines’
Government is terribly unacceptable.”
China’s embassy in the Philippines issued
a statement to condemn the hostage-taker and demanded an explanation.
Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang expressed disappointment with the handling of
the crisis by the Philippines Government.
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