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Originally posted by chinadaily at 2008-8-29 08:48
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 ...
The difference between Germany and China is still the following: Danhong Zhang was suspended from work but so far did not loose her job. Further several other German journals have openly and sharply criticized the decision of Deutsche Welle. An example can be found here:
The "Köllner Stadtanzeiger wrote that the reason for her suspension were the following remarks she made during a talkshow (!!!!!!, i.e., not during one of her news reports, but during a discussion):
"Es würden im Westen zu sehr die negativen Seiten der Volksrepublik in den Vordergrund gestellt, sagte sie mehrfach. China habe auch Fortschritte vorzuweisen, sogar bei den Menschenrechten. Einige Sätze klangen allerdings in der Tat irritierend. Wie der deutsche Sportfunktionär Michael Vesper verwies sie beim Thema Internetzensur darauf, dass ja in Deutschland ebenfalls Seiten gesperrt würden, zum Beispiel wenn dort kinderpornografische Inhalte zu finden seien."
"The West stresses too much the negative aspects of the Peoples Republic, she said on several occasions; today China can also look back on some progress, even in human rights. Some sentences however were indeed irritating. Like the German sports official Michael Vesper she remarked refering to internet censorship that also in Germany some webpages are disabled, for example if they have pedophilic pornographic contents."
Acording to the journal there was also another critics that finally lead to the suspension of Danhong Zhang, namely her remark in a discussion that "China succeeded to bring more than 400 million people out of poverty and thus the communist party had contributed more than any other political force to the fulfillment of article 3 of the human right."
In the end the Kölner Stadtanzeiger then clearly points out their critics:
"Allerdings muss sich die aus dem Bundeshaushalt finanzierte DW nun fragen lassen, wie weit es in Bonn um die innere Meinungsfreiheit bestellt ist."
"Indeed, now the DW (Deutsche Welle), that is financed by the Federal Government buget, will be asked whether they in Bonn still stand behind the principle of freedom of opinion."
Despite of the witchhunting that is currently taking place against any journalist who is suspected to have the wrong opinion about China, it is still possible to criticise this witchhunting in other German media. And that is still the big difference that I see between China and the West.