Reporters Without Borders condemns attacks on the organization in the Chinese press and Internet

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Reporters Without Borders condemns attacks on the organization in the Chinese press and Internet
May 7, 2008 – 2:58:42 PM
Reporters Without Borders is shocked by a press campaign being waged against the press freedom organization in the Chinese media, particularly those closely linked to the government.
This comes at a time when the organization’s website is also coming under an unprecedented level of cyber-strikes.
The official Chinese press, based on false and distorted statements, accuses the organization of seeking to destabilize the Olympic Games on behalf of the CIA or US neo-conservatives, accusing the organization’s activists of being “trouble-makers” and “racists”.
The websites and have relayed these attacks, sometimes on their front page. Leading the condemnation of Reporters Without Borders has been the nationalist daily Huan Qiu Shi Bao (Global Times) which is run by the international section of the official People’s Daily. It has published long libelous articles about the organization.
In one such article on 24 April, the paper, which is also running virulent campaigns against France and the Dalai Lama, accused the “French organization RSF of sabotaging the games for financial purposes”.
The website of Xinhua net, the official Chinese news agency, has also relayed these accusations.
At the same time, the Reporters Without Borders’ website has been the victim of unprecedented cyber-strikes. Hackers have several times threatened to bring down the site. “We advise recent visitors to the website to activate their computer’s anti-virus software as a precaution”, the organization said.
“These vicious and dishonest attacks are all the easier since Reporters Without Borders’ output is never published in the Chinese press and the organization’s website is blocked,” it said.
“This campaign is aimed solely at punishing our peaceful protests during the Olympic torch relay”, it said. “The attacks, orchestrated by the official media, do nothing to respond to the concerns of international public opinion, shocked by the crackdown in Tibet and against human rights activists in China.”
“The authorities should, instead of showing such aggression, release prisoners of opinion and allow the foreign press to go to Tibet”, concluded the organization which has campaigned in connection with the Beijing Olympics since 2001.
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