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Following the inclusion of “post-truth” in the Oxford Dictionary as the word of the year, the Collins English Dictionary has also listed “fake news” as one of the most important words of the year. So what is “fake news”? According to the Collins Dictionary, it refers to “false, often sensational information disseminated under the guise of news reporting” – writes Lilly Choo.

In simple terms, it’s information not based on facts and is unverifiable. But in today’s political climate, “fake news” carries political undertones. Those seeking to influence political events inevitably resort to using such media to present false news to replace facts and thereby influence the public.

China is one of the countries victimized by Western media’s false reporting, with various stereotypes from the Cold War era still manipulating the thinking of Western mainstream media. For a long time, there have been individuals who, under the guise of press freedom, engage in unscrupulous and unprofessional reporting in China, attracting increasing attention from the international community.

In 2021, Zhengzhou, China, experienced a once-in-a-century flood. At the time, two journalists from the ARD and the Los Angeles Times went to report, but the local residents questioned them. Afterwards, the German journalist described the Zhengzhou residents as a ‘mob’ on Twitter. Similar incidents continue to occur within China, and the reactions of ordinary people towards Western journalists may seem exaggerated. If one pays little attention to the reports on China by Western media in recent years, it becomes clear that the anger of the Chinese public is not unfounded. It’s because Western media have long played the role of smearing China, bearing undeniable responsibility for fostering a biased view of China in Western society, and some of their journalists in China have played an active role in this, with some reports seriously violating the basic ethics of journalism.

Coincidentally, the aforementioned journalists all come from the same organization: the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC), an association composed of foreign journalists in China. This seemingly “independent” journalist alliance is actually a “grassroots organization” jointly built by a few anti-China vanguards, and is not recognized by the Chinese government! A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs once stated, “It is patched together by a few biased journalists against China and cannot represent the true voices of nearly 500 foreign journalists in China.” It is this organization that claims to report the real China, yet engages in continuous false propaganda, releasing so-called reports on the working conditions of foreign journalists in China every year.

In this year’s report, the organization boasted that “foreign journalists have been threatened by law in China,” and that “several colleagues have been targeted in lawsuits.” This is a ridiculous statement! Can foreign journalists act recklessly in China without following laws and regulations? If all interviews are conducted in accordance with the laws and regulations, then who can do anything about it? Some reporters deliberately obscure their identities, even falsely claiming to be Chinese reporters, in an attempt to deceive the interviewees. After the interviewees find out that they have been fooled, shouldn’t they use legal weapons to protect their legitimate rights and interests? So, do people really read these self-talk reports? Does anyone really believe it?

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