Tiananmen book review by editor of DV (9 June, 2014)
Free Tiananmen book (July offer) via Dr. Paul Craig Roberts blog (13 June, 2014)
Free Tiananmen book (August offer) via DV (1 July, 2014)
The following confessions made by Western journalists are documented in a new book on Amazon titled ‘Tiananmen Square “Massacre”? The Power of Words vs. Silent Evidence’:
In 1998 Washington Post journalist, Jay Mathews confessed in the Columbia Journalism Review that "no one die at Tiananmen Square" and that "It is hard to find a journalist who has not contributed to the misimpression" (including himself). In 2004 Christian Science Monitor revealed that the Human Rights Watch decided not to publish their own 52-page document that confirmed the Chinese side of the story. In 2009, BBC journalist James Miles admitted that he had "conveyed the wrong impression." CBS journalist, Richard Roth also confessed in 2009 that after a "debriefed on-air by Dan Rather (London office)", he made "an effort to avoid using the word "massacre", and acknowledged that he did not "make a point trying to contradict a colleague on the air". Do you know how the power of language could adversely affect the silent evidence (images produced by the media) that tell otherwise?
Are you aware of the circumstances under which these journalists suddenly decided to admit their years of contribution to the “misimpression”? Are you aware that they then tried to change the story to a “Beijing Massacre” with the exception of Graham Earnshaw – a Reuters journalist?
Do you know about how the power of language can overshadow the silent evidence (images produced by the media) that tells otherwise?
Are you aware of the declassified documents published by the National Security Archive in 1999?
Are you aware of the many eye witnesses and the then protesters’ accounts of the incident? Are you aware of the works of historians, embassy cables, WikiLeaks leaked documents, the Spanish camera team video, and video footage from the Chinese media showing student protesters being allowed to leave the Square?
Are you aware that the soldiers dispatched to Tiananmen Square were initially unarmed? Are you aware that they were ordered not to shoot? Are you aware that the armies were attacked by the so-called “unarmed” and “peaceful” protesters with dozens of deaths and thousands injured? Are you aware that the Tiananmen Square protesters were allowed to protests freely for up to seven weeks, and that the Chinese government initiated several dialogues with the students from almost the very beginning of the protests urging for time to fix the problems? Are you aware of the full content of the then Premier Li Peng’s martial law speech? Are you aware of why Deng Xiaoping told the party room five days after the Tiananmen incident that there was nothing wrong with the government’s “3-stage reform strategy” formulated a decade ago and so decided to speed up the process instead?
Can you understand the concept of human rights in developing countries is not a single sum game, and that cracking down on uncompromising protesters may sometimes be the most humane thing a government could do for the overall wellbeing of the nation and the people?
Can you understand why media friendly weapons are invented by Western governments, and that many of those weapons may sound innocent by name but could cause severe injuries, pain and even death to peaceful protesters? Is the Chinese government’s behaviour towards the 1989 Tiananmen protesters any different from Western governments against the anti-Wall Street protesters in 2011?
Are you aware of how the BBC could manufacture the perception of a massacre in 1989 by simply using the power of language, and the images of tanks, soldiers, burning vehicles, and the sound of explosions without even the need to show their viewers a single clip of a dead person?
Are you aware of the Tiananmen Story from the memoirs of Graham Earnshaw – a Reuters journalist who spent the night at the alleged site of the massacre - witnessed not only no killing of protesters at the Square, but no killing as well at a scene in a street “leading into the hotong maze of one of old Beijing oldest areas”, where the troops “lift their rifles and fire above the heads of the crowd” when they refused to listen to their warning to leave when Earnshaw began to run with the crowd? Can you understand why his experience is only available on his personal blog?
Are you aware of the two articles published in The Japan Times by Gregory Clark, vice president of Akita International University and a former China desk officer for Australia’s Foreign Service? Are you aware of how he criticised the British, American and the Australian media on the issue of agenda-based packed journalism and described the so-called “massacre” was “in fact a mini civil war as irate Beijing citizens sought to stop initially unarmed soldiers sent to remove students who had been demonstrating freely in the square for weeks. When the soldiers finally reached the square there was no massacre. There were in fact almost no students.”
Yes, there were 241 people died that night, but are you aware that the deaths included soldiers?
Who caused the mayhem and violence on the night of June 4, 1989? Was there any foreign instigation and involvement like the recent incidents in Ukraine and Libya?
Can you explain why The Guardian only released the following images 20 years after the Tiananmen incident?
The so-called Tiananmen Square “Massacre” is one of the most misleading events the US government and the Western media have used to demonize the Chinese government each and every year since 1989. There was ample silent evidence in the images produced by the Western media that told the story of a highly restrained and caring Chinese government facing a protest similar to those in the West at various stages of their economic development. However, the West and anti-communist forces had capitalized on the situation in 1989 to fuel the public’s anger, intending to overthrow a good government. How the Western media lied about a massacre given the silent evidence that suggests otherwise, and the moral implications of Western powers making use of common pain and dissatisfaction within an economic cycle of a society to justify the overthrowing of governments across the globe are issues that this book is structured to explore.
The concept of good governance, human rights and freedom is a complex one. Incidents of government crackdowns on protesters are as frequent in the West as anywhere else. The only difference is that the West has a highly sophisticated, well-funded, well-established and well-controlled media industry run by a handful of big corporations with an agenda. Without their agenda-based support, victims of government oppression in the West will hardly ever be noticed by the wider Western community and the world.
To prove such a point, I have included in my analysis the history of protest management in the US and the creative techniques used by the US authorities against the Occupy Wall Street protesters.
One should always bear in mind that the concepts of good governance, human rights and freedom can only be objectively assessed through the power of comparison. The truth can only be found through filtering the indoctrinated messages propagated by the mainstream media. It is important for one to always think for themselves, and to observe the logic and images beyond the media rhetoric.
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Posted on 13 May, 2014.
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