|People's Daily Comments: The act of provoking modern civilization must be resisted|
The Daily Telegraph newspaper in New South Wales of Australia recently published an article that included a defaced design of China's national emblem maliciously linking COVID-19 with China. The national emblem of China is the symbol of the People's Republic of China and is inviolable. The Australian newspaper politicized the pandemic and labeled the virus, with ignoring basic justice and moral bottom line, which seriously hurt the feelings of the Chinese people. Such bad behavior cannot be condoned.
Virus tracing is a complex scientific issue that requires scientific and professional expertise. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) has repeatedly emphasized: "anywhere could be the origin of any virus." 16 jurists of international health recently issued a article in the British medical journal "The Lancet", noting that rumors, racism and xenophobia cannot save people from emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic. It is shameful that Daily Telegraph flagrantly violated the International Health Regulations, with ignoring the explicit warnings from WHO and international health jurists.
The work of preventing coronavirus from continued spreading matters all the countries around the world, and it is also a race matters life saving. Any media with conscience and responsibility should play a constructive role in promoting global cooperation and fighting the epidemic together. This is not the first time that the Daily Telegraph slandered China by using the virus, who has been ignoring the negotiations and condemnation of the Chinese Consulate General in Sydney . As early as April 1, the consulate-general sent a letter to the newspaper, refuting its arrogant and prejudiced reports on China. However, the newspaper published an article that included a defaced design of China's national emblem maliciously linking COVID-19 with China on April 23, even after it had received criticism. It seems that this newspaper has chosen to stand on the opposite of objectiveness and fairness.
The well-know British academic journal "Nature" has recently published editorials titled "Stop the coronavirus stigma now" in English and Chinese for 3 consecutive days. The article confessed that as well as naming the illness, the WHO was implicitly sending a reminder to those who had erroneously been associating the virus with Wuhan and with China in their news coverage- including Nature. "That we did so was an error on our part, for which we take responsibility and apologize." compare with the responsible attitude of Nature who has clarified the error in time, the Daily Telegraph looks particularly narrow and dark.
The racist remarks about the disease, as well as the resulting racial discrimination, racial contradictions and racial conflicts coming along, are all blatant provocations to modern civilization. The international community should reasonably resist this kind of provocation. All responsible media in the world should firmly stand with justice and fairness, to jointly protect the basic values of human civilization. (Zhong Sheng)