When it comes to China, and socialist countries in general, you can pretty much guarantee what you read in the imperialist media is completely fabricated. To anti-imperialists, the maliciousness of western media, and the role that it plays in manufacturing consent for the imperialistic actions of the Five Eye governments, is nothing new. We have seen this playbook time and time again. Whether it be in regards to the war in Iraq or the existence of Cuba; when it comes to foreign policy there is no such thing as a private or independent actor in the media. China just so happens to be their main target of late, which is no surprise, as China continues to show the world the effectiveness of socialism, no less with their incredibly successful Poverty Alleviation Programme.
The latest imperialist news cycle sees the usual suspects in western media fawning over the imprisonment of “citizen journalist” – Zhang Zhan – who was supposedly “sentenced to four years in prison in Shanghai on Monday for her reporting on the coronavirus outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan early this year.” We saw a flurry of articles being posted online by the biggest players in western media, all strongly condemning the actions of the authoritarian Chinese regime. Non-surprisingly, shortly after the publication of these articles, the EU and the US then demanded China release Zhang Zhan immediately, with US Secretary Mike Pompeo writing “The United States strongly condemns the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) sham prosecution and conviction of citizen journalist Zhang Zhan on December 28. We call on the PRC government to release her immediately and unconditionally.” EU foreign policy spokesman, Peter Stano, then went further, claiming, despite there being 0 evidence to suggest this other than a voluntary hunger strike, that Zhang Zhan had been “subject to torture and ill-treatment during her detention and her health condition has seriously deteriorated”.
What is clear to us when reading these articles is that there is very little information in regards to what Zhang Zhan was actually reporting on, only that she had been locked up for simply being a citizen journalist reporting on the Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. The BBC, which is the UK’s state media, even said the following “There is no free media in China and authorities are known to clamp down on activists or whistleblowers seen as undermining the government’s response to the outbreak.” (Editor: We know this to be a totally false statement as we have Chinese writers working for us, a free media group) This is quite the accusation, but readers are unlikely to go beyond the headlines and slogans, hence why our team decided to look into exactly what happened in regards to Zhang Zhan, and, as you will see, why the West are lying hypocrites yet again.