Tuesday, August 19, 2014

German Public Broadcaster Sacks Top Chinese Reporter Over Her Tweets Protesting Tiananmen Massacre Whitewashing

German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) today (August 19) sacked prominent Chinese journalist Su Yutong in relation to her Tweeting and signing a petition in protest against the whitewashing of the Tiananmen Massacre by a German columnist who runs a Bejing-based media company with partnerships with Chinese state media and DW.
德国之声今天(8月19日)突然辞退中文组著名记者苏雨桐,8月18日“六四”学运领袖吾尔开希访问德国之声,今天德国之声总监和总编亲自宣布,让苏雨桐立即离职。事件疑与泽林在德国之声发布为六四辩护的失实文章一事有关。 事情非常严重,请媒体朋友关注。(中文报道及背景资料在英文报道后)
Su Yutong, who worked for DW's Chinese-language section for four years, said: “Frank Sieren (DW columnist) published articles in DW defending Chinese government's role in Tiananmen Massacre. I signed a petition opposing Sieren's views. Managers at DW said I have violated DW's internal regulations by spreading the news about Sieren.

DW Director General Peter Limbourg , Editor-in-chief Alexander Kudascheff and Director of Programming Gerda Meuer were very annoyed. Today Kudascheff and Meuer notified me directly about my immediate sacking. The heads of the Asia Section and the Chinese section were not notified by them and were shocked at my news.”

Su today released on her Facebook and Tweeter a copy of DW's Chinese-language coverage performance chart of February. She said Meuer, when sacking Su, stressed that Su did not fit into the "new direction" that DW's Chinese-language section needs. "Please look at my direction -- stories I've written count for half of the Chinese-language reporting done by more than 20 reporters. The most important factor is that I covered stories that aren't liked by the Chinese Communist Party!" Most of Su's reporting is about human rights in China and exposé on the Party leadership.

The timing of Su’s sacking is peculiar -- it followed yesterday’s visit to DW from former Tiananmen leader Wu’er Kaixi who issued a statement earlier protesting against Sieren’s whitewashing of the massacre. He’s among a number of prominent Tiananmen leaders who sent DW protest statements, such as Wang Dan, and high profile writers and activists including Bao Pu (publisher and son of Bao Tong, former advisor to Zhao Ziyang, the late General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party who was ousted by Deng Xiaoping days before the massacre and was under house arrest until his death in 2005 ), German-based writers Liao Yiwu and Liao Tianqi who drafted a petition (in a link below) in protest against Sieren. The petition has been widely circulated which Su has also signed.

In July, Feng Haiyin, head of the Chinese language section of DW, was demoted. DW management explained the reason was because Feng's "principles" did not comply with those of the Director of Programming. But Feng's demotion was related to Sieren’s column, according to Su. In early June, DW management pressured its columnist Chang Ping not to publish articles about Sieren and not to name Sieren, according to Su. On June 11, an altered German copy of Chang’s piece was published briefly before it was deleted. But Sieren soon published a piece defending himself.

Sieren was hired by DW in February to write a column five times a week to be published on DW’s website in German and Chinese. Sieren and his girlfriend have been running a media company in Beijing that has partnerships with Chinese state media and DW. His company websites: http://www.sinocom.tv/pages/team.php?lang=DE

Su said DW's Director General Peter Limbourg earlier this year told staff that he visited Chinese Ambassador Shi Mingde in Berlin before Limbourg took office. Limbourg demanded the staff at DW’s Chinese-language section promote the Chinese government, not just criticizing it. Before taking the DW top job, Limbourg attended several China-Germany Media Forums, sponsored and organized by Global Times (top Chinese propaganda machine).
Here's Chinese media (in English) coverage of Limbourg’s China visits. http://english.sina.com/china/2010/0520/320676.html
Chinese language coverage: http://baike.baidu.com/view/9909662.htm

Su said: “Frank Sieren has won so much support from the DW management and published numerous articles with false facts, attacking people who are critical of the Chinese government. As a journalist who knows China well and familiar with and in support of Chinese human rights, I protest that Sieren’s views being promoted on the platform of DW. I protest that the DW Director General and Editor-in-chief continuously support Sieren. With their support, Sieren even published a piece smearing artist Ai Weiwei, using the language of Global Times. In his recent column, Sieren ridiculed Ai, saying Ai was going after the market and fame.”
Sieren’s piece: http://www.dw.de/weltsprache-kunst/a-17717226

DW columnist Chang Ping (English translation) detailing the Sieren incident:
Tiananmen Massacre not a “Passing Lapse” of the Chinese Government, July 8, 2014
Without the Right to Remember There Can Be No Freedom to Forget, August 23, 2014

How Brainwashing Works in China, August 30, 2014
Lies Not a Part of Diversity of Views, August 30, 2014

From New York-based activist Wen Yunchao 温云超: 8月18日“六四”学运领袖吾尔开希访问德国之声,今天德国之声总监和总编亲自宣布,让记者苏雨桐立即离职。事件疑与泽林在德国之声发布为六四辩护的失实文章一事有关。 事情非常严重,请媒体朋友关注。
Su Yutong mobile 苏雨桐电话:+49 17620290753
Su Yutong’s email 电邮: suyutong0623@gmail.com
Wu’er Kaixi’s mobile 吾尔开希电话: +886 920926055 , +1 6464506055
DW Director General Peter Limbourg台长,先生,peter.limbourg@dw.de
DW Director of Program Gerda Meuer 总监   女士 gerda.meuer@dw.de
DW Editor-in-chief Alexander Kudascheff 总编  先生  Alexander.Kudascheff@dw.de

泽林是在今年的2月1日起,为德国之声工作,每周发来五篇德语文章,经中文部编辑翻译后,以中德文发表;六月四日当天,Frank Sieren以德文和中文在德国之声发表文章.

Frank Sieren获得台领导的大力支持,不断发表违背事实的攻击性文章,指向对象都是中共想要打击的人。作为一位对中国很了解并支持中国人权活动的记者,我无法接受Frank Sieren文章中,长期以来的政治倾向和在德国之声这个平台上传递的价值观,所以提出抗议。同时也对德国之声总监和总编面对这个问题,继续支持泽林表示遗憾和抗议。也正因为有他们的支持,才会有泽林继续用《环球时报》手法,抹黑艾未未的文章出现,在泽林最新的文章中,对这位艺术家的独立批判精神以“阴谋论”的方式进行了嘲讽,指向他的政治异议行为是为了获得更大的市场和名声:http://www.dw.de/weltsprache-kunst/a-17717226



       1,Frank Sieren’s article (Chinese 泽林关于六四屠杀的文 (中文):


        3,On June 6, German-based writers Liao Yiwu and Liao Tianqi drafted a petition  in protest against Sieren. 6月6日,旅德作家廖亦武、独立中文笔会前会长廖天琪发起联署抗议信: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1n_ww2fy8R57NdOwRmduTBVDMjulV5sglSigarOI-uDM/viewform
Signers and comments 签名人和留言:

      5,Frank Sieren针对长平文章又发表一篇德文文章,奇怪的是,长平的文章只在德国之声版面上停留了很短的时间,泽林竟然有备而来,于6月12日发表了这篇文章:    http://www.dw.de/fairness-statt-wut/a-17702613

       7,Frank Sieren获得台领导的大力支持,不断发表违背事实的攻击性文章,指向对象都是中共想要打击的人。作为一位对中国很了解并支持中国人权活动的记者,我无法接受Frank Sieren文章中,长期以来的政治倾向和在德国之声这个平台上传递的价值观,所以提出抗议。同时也对德国之声总监和总编面对这个问题,继续支持泽林表示遗憾和抗议。也正因为有他们的支持,才会有泽林继续用《环球时报》手法,抹黑艾未未的文章出现,在泽林最新的文章中,对这位艺术家的独立批判精神以“阴谋论”的方式进行了嘲讽,指向他的政治异议行为是为了获得更大的市场和名声:http://www.dw.de/weltsprache-kunst/a-17717226


       9,关于德国之声新任台长Peter Limbourg ,在去年上任之初来到德国之声中文部时,亲口告诉部门员工他在上任之前拜访了中国驻德国大使史明德,他还要求中文部员工不能只批评中国政府,也要鼓励他们……Peter Limbourg 在就任德国之声台长之前,曾多次参加中国官媒环球时报主办和资助的中德媒体论坛:

      10,Frank Sieren本人,和他的女友在中国开设的公司: http://www.cmmintelligence.com/contact ;(战略合作伙伴包括德国之声)
      11, 德国之声雇佣与自己有商业合作的人做驻北京站记者是否违反德国之声法?

      12, 6月16日,德国之声总监和总编与中文部员工见面时,反复强调德国之声中文部不能办成异议之声,对我来说这些指令明显违反德国之声法(http://www.dw.de/grundlage-f%C3%BCr-unabh%C3%A4ngigen-journalismus/a-3004485)其中:“在那些本国媒体不自由和不能全面报道的国家里,为使人们有畅通的获取信息的通道,外国媒体是重要的补充”,会议结束后,总监要求与会者保密,我拒绝了,因为泽林事件是一个公共事件。





Yutong Su

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