By contrast, China’s leaders believe they are bringing development and modernisation to backward Tibetan areas. “The Tibetans here earn more than I do,” said one senior Jiuzhaigou official, surnamed Zhou.
His claim might be true, but Mr Zhou did not want the BBC checking it out by actually speaking to any Tibetans. We were followed, and once more detained for questioning.
BBC News - China lock-down seals off Tibetan unrest (bbc.co.uk, February 9, 2012). I’m glad that the English-language media I read has more frequently been acknowledging the media censorship it has to contend with in areas controlled by China, rather than just quoting China’s media spokesmen, as was more common just a few years ago.
The popular recent custom of presenting two conflicting opinions, one from people who had fled after years of torture, being “balanced” with an official statement that everything is FINE, and pretending that is journalism was not credible!
The reporter of this piece reports on several incidents, including one that included being threatened by officials, and observes that this level of censorship belies public statements about the government’s alleged successes, which no one is permitted to actually see. This kind of reporting, even when the journalists are foiled in their efforts to investigate conditions in specific regions, is highly informative in its own right.