People 'sign up' to slam media bias

(China Daily/Agencies)
Updated: 2008-04-05 08:37

A Chinese website is appealing to people around the world to "sign up" for its protest against alleged Western media bias in their coverage of last month's riots in Lhasa.

The site, which can be accessed via news portal, appeared on Friday, and at press time had garnered more than 1.14 million signatures, most of which came from people on the mainland.

The website's appeal read: "Violent crimes of beating, smashing, looting and arson broke out in Lhasa in early March, but Western media organizations such as CNN and BBC have churned out untrue and distorted reports of the event. Please sign your name here to lodge your strong protest."

As of midday on Friday, about 11 percent of the signatures were from Beijing, 8 percent were from Guangdong and 7 percent were from Jiangxi, the Xinhua News Agency said.

Of those sent from overseas, 20 percent were from the United States.

The website also asked people for their comments on the media coverage.

"The Chinese people are indignant," one anonymous post read.

"Full support to the Chinese government in safeguarding national unity," another unnamed person wrote.

CNN was the target for many people's comments.

"Shame on you, CNN. You have chosen to team with arrogance and prejudice, and stand against fact and truth," an anonymous post read.

The comments were posted despite the news company publishing a statement saying it had "provided comprehensive coverage of all sides of this story".

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