October 18, 2018

Chinese Reporter Accused of Slapping Man at Political Event in Britain

But it did play well at home. On Chinese social media, many people said they supported the actions of Ms. Kong. One article that was widely circulated among CCTV journalists compared her to Hua Mulan, the legendary Chinese female warrior popularized in Disney films.

He Yanke, a CCTV reporter, reposted the network’s response on Weibo, the Chinese social media service, and added, “Very good! We are together with you!”

Still, others said that her acts were an embarrassment, and that a foreign reporter would not get away with such behavior in China.

“Imagine if an American female reporter yelled all of a sudden and beat police while a Communist Party congress was discussing American issues,” Hung Huang, a media entrepreneur and commentator, wrote on Weibo. “Is that O.K.?

Mr. Rogers, who is chair of Hong Kong Watch, said Ms. Kong was abusing her privileges as a journalist to try to intimidate people at the event.

“To then physically assault a party conference delegate in this way is unacceptable,” he said in a written statement. “Is this a sign of China’s increasing aggression and bullying, well beyond its borders?”

Two years ago CCTV rebranded its international networks as CGTN, part of an effort to build a stronger global presence. One recruiter’s email said it was seeking to hire more than 350 journalists in London, BuzzFeed News reported in June.

President Xi Jinping sent a letter of support during the rebranding, urging the network to “tell China’s story well, spread China’s voice well, let the world know a three-dimensional, colorful China, and showcase China’s role as a builder of world peace.”

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/02/world/asia/chinese-reporter-slap-britain.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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