The underlying topic is the Cologne Regional Labor Court’s decision on the dismissal / termination of contract of two former Deutsche Welle Chinese Department journalists. I’m trying to keep track of the issue itself, but the topic of this post isn’t that much about the issue, but about the way the Chinese media are spinning it.
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Ping Chuan yi Ma (平川一马) is another blogger on the Huanqiu platform who goes into the Wang Fengbo / Zhu Hong cases against Deutsche Welle, and suggests that
People who are supportive of or who say good things about the Communist Party would include more than a billion Chinese people. This doesn’t even include other countries’ Communist supporters yet – if one combines all the world’s “Communist elements” and suspected “sympathizers”, this amounts to at least two or three billion people, and they are all objects of the Cologne Labor Court’s Mrs. Olesch’s*) hostile views. All the world’s countries under Communist leadership are the objects of her hostile views. […]
If the verdict was upheld – with the government’s “tacit approval” -, it would no longer be only the judge’s business, but would represent the government’s and the Cologne court’s hostile view of all Communist-led countries and all Communist members worldwide, reasons Ping Chuan yi Ma.
这样德国科隆地区法院法官奥勒施女士敌视中国和中国人民是确凿无疑。奥勒施女士是德国科隆地区法院法官，她的宣判如果成立那就不是她个人的事，她的这个宣 判代表德国科隆地区和德国政府（如果德国政府默认），就构成了对世界上所有共产党领导的国家的敌视，就构成了对世界上所有共产党员的敌视，也构成了对支 持、同情共产党人的敌视。
- It isn’t “official” yet
The Chinese media haven’t unleashed their official editorialists yet, as far as I can see. On the other hand, guidance of public opinion seems to require some (re)action to recent developments. The current bloggers’ reactions still leave China’s media management with lots of leeway to either escalate, or de-escalate their coverage, depending on if the actual verdict will be to Beijing’s liking.
- Chinese demands are becoming “universal”
From a propagandist perspective, this could be a win-win situation for Beijing. If the written verdict is going to correspond with the judge’s reported remarks, Germany’s “hostility” towards China is proven, and the need for a strong guardian of the Chinese people – the CCP – is proven, too. If the written verdict differs from the remarks, the need for a strong guardian of the Chinese people is proven, just as well (“we, the Chinese people, stood together and made sure that justice is done”).2. The logic of this article is that inappropriate treatment of one (suspected) “Communist element” must be seen as inappropriate treatment of every “Communist element”. This is actually a self-defeating point. After all, if this is valid, it should be just as valid to see the inappropriate treatment of every Chinese dissident as a hostile act towards all the world’s freedom-loving people.In that regard, the CCP may be operating a double-edged sword.
Human rights campaigners may see their view of human rights’ universal nature confirmed by the CCP itself – and nationalists may demand more punitive action against Germany than Beijing can (or wants to) deliver.
*) in full, it’s Germany’s Cologne Labor Court’s judge Olesch’s hostile views (他们都是德国科隆地区法院法官奥勒施女士敌视对像)
Related / Updates
March 3, 2012 – April Media (四月传媒) is
the first ever Chinese youth portal to be created. The website focuses particularly on young people, and carries across the vision of the youth and Chinese identity while engaging in issues of global concerns, thus building a network for the youth to connect and also to be connected with the world and freely share views. The Website is also a media platform to meet and encourage healthy, constructive, and progressive minds for empowerment.
In an article about the above topic, published on Friday, they
publish quote Wang Fengbo as follows:
Wang Fengbo says that he will do his utmost to appeal at the Federal Labor Court, and besides, he continues to believe in the credibility of the German Constitutional Court. He hopes that there will be a day when the seven judges in their red robes will sit down at the court in Karlsruhe and reverse the methods used to suppress journalists and put them under the protection of the “freedom of the airwaves”.
A try to describe the concept of the freedom of the airwaves can be found here.