Sat, Apr 22, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Chinese media whitewashes Hu visit

AFP , BEIJING

Chinese media yesterday airbrushed out any hint of controversy in the coverage of President Hu Jintao's (胡錦濤) US visit, making sure no one saw a Falun Gong protester shouting at him.

Local Chinese reporters gave no indication of any discord during Hu's summit with US President George W. Bush, omitting the fact that Hu was followed by demonstrators for much of his trip.

"Leaders hold `pragmatic, constructive' talks," the China Daily said on its front page, showing a smiling Hu and Bush waving from the White House balcony while failing to mention the Falun Gong incident.

The Beijing Times featured Bush's remarks on Taiwan, in which he pledged adherence to the "one-China" policy.

Major international news networks CNN and BBC, which can be seen in upscale residential compounds and hotels mainly catering to foreigners, were blacked out when footage was about to be shown of Hu being heckled.

Producers at Cable News Network's headquarters in Atlanta told reporters that slogans yelled at the Chinese leader, as well as commentary on the incident, were not broadcast in China.

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