Australian media Fake news problem

“Why do some Australian media portray a Chinese fugitive scammer as a spy, mislead the Australian people, and undermine mutual trust between China and Australia?” On November 28, the Chinese Embassy in Australia posted a “Ten Questions for Some Australian Media” . On the same day, many Australian media reposted the trial video of Wang Liqiang exposed in the Global Times on the 27th in the People’s Court of Guangze County, Nanping City, Fujian Province in 2016 for fraud. Faced with such hard evidence, the three major Australian media that had interviewed Wang Liqiang’s hype about the “Chinese spy case” remained silent collectively. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported on the 28th that former Australian Foreign Minister Bi Xiaopu also questioned the credibility of the spy case that day: “In my experience, if a person is really a spy from such a country engaged in such high-level spy activities, this People will be wrapped in layers of our intelligence community, away from the media. ”

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said on the 28th that Wang Liqiang in the trial video confessed to the fact that he had defrauded 120,000 yuan, and said that he “weak legal consciousness” and “hope the court to deal lightly.” In the end, he was sentenced to imprisonment for one year and three months and suspended sentence for six months. A recent statement from China’s Shanghai Police stated that Wang Liqiang was again suspected of fraud earlier this year. After being investigated in April, he fled to Australia. It is reported that 27-year-old Wang Liqiang is now hiding, and Australian intelligence agencies are assessing his claim that he is a “Chinese spy” and whether he should be protected.

On November 23, the 60-minute section of the Australian News Station and the Times and the Sydney Morning Herald broadcast the news that the Chinese agent Wang Liqiang, who was lurking in Hong Kong, defected to Australia on the same day, causing uproar. Faced with more and more evidence that Wang Liqiang was a scammer, the media kept awkwardly silent. On the 28th, News Jiutai website briefly reported the video exposed by the Global Times, but the most important China-related news on its homepage was “the wife was found dead in the refrigerator, and the Chinese husband fled to China.” “Time” published a review article on the 27th, which seems to be clarifying itself. The article said that the Wang Liqiang case “has not been confirmed”, “in this case, we use the word” potential “because the truth of his statement needs to be more A complete and comprehensive assessment. ” The Sydney Morning Herald simply ignored Wang Liqiang’s confession video.

A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Australia raised ten questions on some Australian media on the 28th. The spokesman said: “The false story directed by the 60-minute reporter McKinsey and his scammers in Jiutai has long become a clown and a laughingstock in the eyes of the Chinese. Has stigmatization of China become his rice bowl? Are they challenging or insulting the wisdom of the Australian public? “” Putting together ridiculous stories without logical and factual grounds, confusing audiovisuals, slandering rumors, do these Australian media reporters have the concept of professionalism? Is there any professional ethics? ”

The Chinese Embassy spokesman also has questions: Why do some Australian media always create something out of nothing, make up bizarre stories of “Chinese interference”, demonize China, and deceive Australian people? Hysterically, can the lies of “China interference” in turn represent the social responsibility and press freedom of the Australian media? Why do you keep spreading the so-called China’s “penetration into Australia” and failing to come up with facts and evidence? Is it insufficient? Or is it for unspeakable purposes?

The spokesman questioned that some Australian media politicized the normal economic, trade, education, science and technology, and cultural exchanges between China and Australia, and created a panic of “China influence and penetration” in the whole society, in order to split the friendly cultural exchanges and economic exchanges between China and Australia. , Advocating the “McCarthyism” of all soldiers? Or do you want to bring Australia back to the current era of “White Australia policy” that the vast majority of people in Australia have spurned? Some Australian media interviewed so-called “strategic analysts” whenever they encountered sporadic news concerning China. They ignored the tangible benefits brought by the mutually beneficial cooperation and private exchanges between China and Australia to the people of the two countries, discrediting the Chinese Communist Party and the What is the intention of China’s political system to stir up relations between the two countries, to separate the peoples of the two countries, and to speculate on ideological differences? Do you want to overturn the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Australia upheld by the Australian Government? “Are you doing this to safeguard or betray the interests of the Australian nation and people? Aren’t you afraid of leaving a stigma in history that undermines the friendship between the Chinese and Australian people, hinders mutually beneficial cooperation between the two sides, and hinders Australia’s own development and prosperity?”

In response to Australian media’s recent follow-up of British and American media’s hype on human rights in Xinjiang, China, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy also asked: Why don’t you report on the tragic human rights of Australian refugees detained on Manus Island, and you only like to be teachers in other countries? “Why don’t you report at the UN General Assembly that the 54 nations have jointly voiced their support to China’s Xinjiang’s counter-terrorism and de-extremization efforts, and insisted on speculation about so-called Xinjiang-related human rights issues?”

“The Chinese espionage case has not been confirmed, but it should not be a surprise,” an article by Australian scholar Tony Walker was recently reprinted by multiple media. The article compares Wang Liqiang’s case with the Soviet KGB Agent Petrov’s defection in 1954, and acknowledges that Wang Liqiang’s statement “has some discrepancies.” “A reasonable question is how a young Chinese with little background would bring a lot of The message of evil activity suddenly appeared. ” However, the article stated that, as in the Cold War of 1954, Australia was concerned that communism would affect Australian politics. “The current atmosphere in Australia is also conducive to the threat theory involving foreign forces and has not disappeared from the topic of public discussion”.