Picture of the day: In case Chinese don’t understand, Libyan protesters write slogan in Chinese characters
Since the beginning of Operation Odyssey Dawn, Chinese official media and authorities have been denouncing the U.S.-led multinational coalition forces for their intervention into Libya’s internal affairs for the sake of their hidden agenda. In China’s micro-blogosphere, liberal-leaning netizens have pointed out that China Central Television has been skewing the public opinion with their slanted report and even lies.
Evidence? It is said that on Thursday’s CCTV Channel 4, though the camera captured Libyan people in the city of Benghazi cheering the coalition forces by holding a banner that reads “Vive le France”(Long live France), the broadcaster’s Chinese voice-over said, this is Libyan outcry against coalition forces’ bombing of the city. “Can such an outcry be heard?” The voice-over allegedly asked the rhetorical question. (Ministry of Tofu has not yet been able to find the video of the newscast in question on the web.)
Perhaps Libyan people have got wind of CCTV’s spin. So this time, they flashed a slogan written in Chinese language that says “Muammar Gaddafi is a liar (referring to the Libyan dictator).” One Sina’s microblog user sneered at CCTV, “Now how can you lie? (You) are really hard on Libyan people. They are already so busy with the mess their country is in. Now they have to learn Chinese.” The post has been shared by 3,281 users so far.