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Post time 2008-8-29 08:48:35 |Display all floors
By Xiao Yang (China Daily)

A Chinese woman working at Germany's DW-Radio has been suspended from her job following remarks she made in the media on human rights and other issues in China, the German press has reported.

Four days before the opening of the Beijing Olympics, Zhang Danhong, an editor with the German broadcaster's Chinese program, reportedly said that "The Communist Party of China has more than any political force in the world implemented Article 3 of the Declaration of Human Rights", referring to the Chinese authorities pulling more than 400 million people out of poverty.

Similarly, in a TV talk show in late July, Zhang reportedly said the Chinese government had done a lot to protect local culture in Tibet and criticized German Chancellor Angela Merkel for sapping relations with Beijing.

The German media is said to have reacted strongly to Zhang's remarks.

On Aug 11, German magazine Focus attacked Zhang as someone who was "courting" China's Communist Party. On Aug 20, the Berliner Zeitung newspaper quoted parliamentary representative Dieter Wiefelsputz as saying that Zhang's performance was a "catastrophe".

Two days later, the same newspaper confirmed Zhang's suspension from work.

Zhang, 42, was born in Beijing, studied German in Peking University and in Cologne, Germany.

She became an editor of DW-Radio's Chinese program in 1990 and was promoted deputy editorial director of the program in 2004, the broadcaster's website read.

Many in China have voiced sympathy and concern for Zhang after the incident.

"The case proves that those who chant human rights and freedom of speech everyday in the West are so hypocritical," a Chinese netizen wrote on major Chinese portal, Sina.com.

"The Cold War mentality, ideological biases, political prejudice, and sense of racial superiority these things are deeply rooted in some parts of the Western world Luckily, China is not bothered by these," wrote another netizen.

"I have noticed related information and I have read the reports Zhang had done," China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said yesterday.

"We hold that the media should report under an objective and just principle."

Zhang and DW-Radio were not available for comment at press time.
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Post time 2008-8-29 08:49:29 |Display all floors
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Post time 2008-8-29 09:15:34 |Display all floors
ideological biases,political prejudice,and sense of racial superiority are deeply rooted in some parts of the western world.we need to understand each other.But saying the west are all hypocritical probly overpassed.

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Post time 2008-8-29 09:24:58 |Display all floors
Originally posted by chinadaily at 2008-8-29 09:48
By Xiao Yang (China Daily)

A Chinese woman working at Germany's DW-Radio has been suspended from her job following remarks she made in the media on human rights and other issues in China, the Ge ...



She probably would still be employed if this had happened in the US but in Germany with an open and almost official anti China agenda this was a fatal mistake. Only conformity with the mainstream media is a guarantee for job survival in this country. Ah, btw,  DW  is another government controlled news channel. Long live Germany's  'fr  e   e d  o  m   of speech'.

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Post time 2008-8-29 09:39:11 |Display all floors
emmm, this is not the first time for me to read such news. Do German media dislike China so much? Did she bash Germany while broadcasting? If not, I don't think she should be suspended from the position. It's nonsense. And I don't think what she commented on China are courting because she reported the truth. It's natural for a country to develop and get achievements. What's wrong by saying these?

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Post time 2008-8-29 09:42:23 |Display all floors
Originally posted by chinadaily at 2008-8-29 10:48
"I have noticed related information and I have read the reports Zhang had done," China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said yesterday.

"We hold that the media should report under an objective and just principle."...


Objectivity, something apparently lacking from Zhang's statements, judging by those reproduced in thisarticle.
An editor should be able to allow both sides of a story to be told.
She looks like she has simply parrotted one side only, something with which we are all too familiar !
"他不是救星, 他是一个非常淘气男孩" - Monty Python

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Post time 2008-8-29 09:58:39 |Display all floors

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Germany calls itself a Democracy and the reporters own words is a valuable tool for bringing democracy to the media, if the reporter hadn't encouraged an educated debate on World issues then the press had nothing to add to  everyday "German lives".

Political pressure reverses what the German government states is the "future role" for Germany.  At stake is the gowing friendship around the World for just united East and West Germany.

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