China accuses western media of 'fake news' about human rights
- China has launched a Donald Trump-style attack on foreign media, branding claims that a leading human rights lawyer was tortured by government agents "fake news".
Xinhua, the government's official news agency, accused the overseas media of "hyping" a series of "cleverly orchestrated lies" by publishing reports about the plight of attorney Xie Yang, who was detained in July 2015 at the start of a crackdown known as China's war on law.
Experts said the allegations, while impossible to verify, were consistent with abuses previously documented by human rights groups.
On Thursday, however, China's Communist party-controlled media launched unusually pointed criticism over the claims that Xie had been abused, directing its ire against four articles published by overseas websites focused on human rights in October and November 2016.(Excerpt) Read more at: theguardian.com ...
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