South Korea outraged by journalist beating in China

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, gestures towards South Korean President Moon Jae-In during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 14. (AFP)
Updated 15 December 2017
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South Korea outraged by journalist beating in China

SEOUL: South Korean news media on Friday expressed anger and outrage after Chinese security guards beat and severely injured a South Korean photojournalist covering President Moon Jae-In’s visit to Beijing.
Opposition parties and Internet users joined in, saying the incident epitomized the Asian giant’s attitude toward its smaller neighbor.
The main opposition Liberty Korea Party urged Moon to call off his four-day state visit and return home immediately, saying the violence was a “terror attack against the whole of South Korea.”
The photographer was thrown to the floor and kicked, reportedly suffering fractured facial bones and ruptured vessels in an eye, as Chinese security personnel stopped South Korean photographers following Moon’s delegation at a trade show.
“Mistreatment of President Moon and lynching of a Korean journalist — This is the Chinese Dream,” the Chosun Ilbo, South Korea’s largest-circulation daily, headlined its editorial, referring to President Xi Jinping’s promise of prosperity and influence.
Chosun and other newspapers noted Moon had his first three meals in China without any Chinese officials on hand, with a lunch with Premier Li Keqiang unilaterally scrapped.
He was greeted by an assistant minister when he landed, while Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was welcomed last year by Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Chosun said the perceived diplomatic slight and the violence against a member of Moon’s presidential press corps were “not accidental” and were driven by “China’s arrogant and violent nature” and “Seoul’s subservient attitude.”
“This rudeness China exhibited toward the South Korean presidential entourage is the very nature of the Chinese Dream,” it added.
The English-language Korea Times called it “an appalling use of force by Chinese security.”
“We are dumbfounded and enraged at such violence against visitors... We are outraged by the rude welcome,” it said.
Internet users also reacted angrily.
“China trampled upon Korea and the whole Korean people,” one said in a posting.
But others said many Korean photojournalists are overly eager to get the best possible images and often cross cordons, sparking trouble with security guards.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Thursday that while the trade show had been organized by the South Korean side, “if someone is hurt, of course we are concerned about that.”


Cuba slightly loosens controls on state media

Updated 21 June 2018
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Cuba slightly loosens controls on state media

HAVANA: Reports in Cuba’s state-run press have long consisted mostly of transcriptions of official Communist Party declarations, but that turgid style appears to be incrementally changing in the wake of Miguel Diaz-Canel becoming president in April.
Cuban journalists said the Political Bureau of the Communist Party, one of the country’s most powerful bodies, recently approved a “New Communication Policy” aimed at giving state media more ability to report news like their colleagues do in other countries.
State journalists say the goal is to compete with the spread of information from alternative online sources. Cuba has one of the world’s lowest rates of Internet use, but access has been expanding rapidly and Cubans who get online can find a nearly unlimited range of non-official media outlets.