April 7, 2008

Team China

The China Daily, China’s largest state-run English language newspaper, led with a front page article on April 5, titled “People ‘sign up’ to slam media bias” and subtitled “Website attracts 1 m ‘signatures’ of those angry at West’s unfair reports.”

The first two paragraphs read:

A Chinese website is appealing to people around the world to “sign up” for its protest against alleged Western media bias in their coverage of last month’s riots in Lhasa.

The site, which can be accessed via news portal Sina.com, appeared on Friday, and at press time had garnered more than 1.14 million signatures, most of which came from people on the mainland.

This is another example of how Chinese newspapers, websites, and internet users react in harmony and rally on many issues, as described in this Pew Internet Project report.