Despite the 2011 WikiLeaks leaked US government cable and the 2009 confession made by BBC journalist James Miles that he had “conveyed the wrong impression” and that there was no one killed in Tiananmen Square in 1989. A simply search on BBC website using the term ‘Tiananmen Massacre’ will revealed that the BBC has continued to use the term ‘Tiananmen Square Massacre’ in all kind of occasions to demonize the Chinese government. Please examines the details in the embedded screenshot from the BBC website.
The BBC is notorious in news manipulation. Wikipedia has two special page documenting BBC controversies and Criticism of the BBC. There are people who simply called BBC the British Bullshit Corporation. There are good reasons for all these allegations against the BBC. The 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tianamen Square incident is around the corner, let’s examine 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.
Please begins by viewing this 3.34 minutes BBC report in 1989 about the so-called “Massacre”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJBnHMpHGRY (YouTube title: News – June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square Massacre ) before reading further.
Now, ask yourself if you are convinced by the images and narration that a “Massacre” took place at Tiananmen Square in 1989?
Now, read the following analysis abstracts directly from page 76 to 79 of a 270 pages new book titled ‘Tiananmen Square “Massacre”? The Power of Words vs. Silent Evidence’:
Given the above background knowledge of the Tiananmen event in 1989, let us revisit how the BBC broadcasted the so-called “massacre” that night. It would be a lot easier for us to understand how the mainstream media could use selective images of tanks, soldiers, burning vehicles, injured people and the sound effects of explosions and gunfire to demonise the Chinese government with their opinionated commentary about a massacre without having to even produce a single image of a dead person.
The opinionated commentary made by BBC alone was sufficient to adversely affect their viewer’s perception of an event. This is an interesting exercise as it helps to prove that the vast majority of people do not use their brain to analyse, and simply accept what is being told; and that emotion can easily be stirred up by a few simple opinionated and emotional statements from the media.
One could simply search the net or YouTube with this title to view how BBC manufactured the scenario of a massacre in 1989 through the power of words: ‘BBC News – June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square Massacre’, or type in the following web address:
[Note: the web address may be changed or removed in the passage of time, so searching the net using the title is still the best way to retrieve information.]
The following is the full transcript of the BBC video:
The noise of gunfire rose from all over the centre of Peking. It was unremitting. On the streets leading down to the main road to Tiananmen Square, furious people stared in disbelief at the glow in the sky, listening to the sound of shots. Heading down the road was hazardous business, but hundreds of people cheered as buses were set alight and army trucks caught fire too. They yelled and shouted; and then as troop lorries were seen moving down the road, there was gunfire from those lorries.
The troops have been firing indiscriminately, but still, there are thousands of people on the streets who will not move back.
The bicycle ricks haw scooped up the injured – others were shunted onto bikes and pedalled to hospital. Many were carried away by frantic local residents. There was confusion and despair among those that could hardly credit that their own army was firing wildly at them. Many were bystanders, perhaps naive about the savagery of the situation. Indeed, it was hard at times to grasp that this army was launching into an unarmed civilian population, as if charging into battle. From Tiananmen Square, the sound of gunfire sounded like a battle, but it was one-sided. A line of soldiers were strung out, facing a huge crowd. The air was filled with shouts of, “fascists, stop killing.” We were in the line facing the troops. They we’re about 250 yards away. Young people were singing the Internationale to a background of gunfire.
After hours of shooting and facing a line of troops, the crowd is still here. They’re shouting, “stop the killing,” and, “down with the government.”
A huge volley of shots just as I left the front line caused panic. The young man in front of me fell dead. I fell over him. Two others were killed yards away. Two more people lay wounded on the ground near me. Ambulances screamed up to the troop line, and we’re turned away – they couldn’t get to the Square. Two ambulance drivers were shot and injured. Earlier, we’d been driving at the back of the Forbidden City – the old part of Peking near the Square. We’d picked up a woman with a bullet in her head, and took her to the nearby children’s hospital, into a scene of mayhem. Casualties were arriving every few seconds on bikes, ricks haws, park benches, carried in – all with gunshot wounds. Housewives, elderly residents – people shot while sitting in their homes. The operating theatre was overflowing; many of the staff in tears. In 20 minutes, 40 seriously injured were brought for emergency surgery. Two were already dead. In the streets, many came up to us, shaking with anger and disbelief and fear. Many were terrified, saying that there would be retribution. There was not one voice on the streets which did not express despair and rage. “Tell the world,” they said to us.
One should note these from the above BBC narration:
The BBC described at the beginning of the video “buses were set alight and army trucks caught fire too”, without telling us the mobs were armed with petrol bombs, and that the soldiers were being attacked.
The BBC then claimed that “The troops have been firing indiscriminately, but still, there are thousands of people on the streets who will not move back.” A minute later, the BBC video claimed that, “After hours of shooting and facing a line of troops, the crowd is still here. They’re shouting, ‘stop the killing,’ and, ‘down with the government.”’ The question we should ask is: “Is this a possible scenario if indeed a line of soldiers were firing indiscriminately into the crowd right in front of them for hours?” One should also note that there are no images of soldiers firing when the BBC described such a scene.
The BBC then described that the “army was launching into an unarmed civilian population, as if charging into battle. From Tiananmen Square, the sound of gunfire sounded like a battle, but it was one-sided.” One should note that this series of descriptions is to portray an unarmed civilian population brutalised by the soldiers without supporting video evidence of the soldiers’ violence. In addition, the description of an “unarmed civilian population” is in contradiction to the images at the beginning of the video when the BBC reported that, “buses were set alight and army trucks caught fire too.”
The BBC then again extensively described the soldiers’ killing of unarmed civilians without producing any footage of a dead person. For example, this is how the BBC journalist described the number of people killed in front of her: “A huge volley of shots just as I left the front line caused panic. The young man in front of me fell dead. I fell over him. Two others were killed yards away. Two more people lay wounded on the ground near me. Ambulances screamed up to the troop line, and we’re turned away – they couldn’t get to the Square. Two ambulance drivers were shot and injured.” One should note that this is a first person account, and that all those deaths apparently took place right next to the BBC journalist; and yet, we cannot find any images in this BBC video that support such a description.
It is also worth noting that when BBC said, “We picked up a woman with a bullet in her head, and took her to a nearby children hospital into a scene of near mayhem, casualties were arriving every few seconds,” the video footage is showing a woman with blood on her head walking on her own foot with three companions. There is totally no video evidence to support the claim that “casualties were arriving every few seconds.”
Once people learn to verify video images with the narration of the Western journalists, people will come to realise how disgusting the imperialist propaganda machine is, given that they would manufacture news to instigate hatred against their targeted governments across the world to justify a regime change.
Now, view the video again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJBnHMpHGRY. Enjoys your experience with the power of language vs. Silent Evidence. The soft power of the mainstream Western media!
Written on 28 May, 2014
Wei Ling Chua
Author of a series of book relating to the issue of media disinformation and how it is affecting the world and humanity
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